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Giant Toad Resembling Former President Attracts China's Censors

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Censors in China are trying to contain a blow-up this week, specifically, a 72-foot-tall inflatable toad installed on a Beijing lake. Someone posted a viral image of the yellow amphibian wearing large square glasses, just like those worn by a former president. The toad is a traditional Chinese symbol of good luck, but officials didn't take it as a compliment, so stories about the giant toad have disappeared from Chinese new sites.

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