This is real. I saw a picture and wondered if it was digitally altered or a real event, so I went on an internet hunt.
It seems that there have been several of these 40-foot tall rubber ducks in cities around the world. Each city in which the ducks have appeared, have built their own duck from plans from the original by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman.
According to one article there is no political agenda. Yellow rubber ducks make people smile and that makes people happy. Simple. End of story.
This video is the London duck, floating down the Thames.
Here's to smiling.