Photo of the Day: Mother of all melons spotted in Taiwan

Gargantuan gourd spotted on highway in Taiwan

Giant melon. (Photo from Breaking News Commune)

Giant melon. (Photo from Breaking News Commune)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As the melon harvest is underway in Taiwan, images have surfaced on social media of a massive melon being hauled away in a blue flatbed truck.

A video was recently posted of the gargantuan gourd on the Facebook group Breaking News Commune (爆料公社) with the heading "Is this a real watermelon?" In the video, a blue truck can be seen speeding along a highway as it hauls a mammoth melon, approximately 2 meters high and 1 meter wide, which is tightly bound with rope and padding to protect it from damage.

As the car from which the video was taken passes the truck and its unusual cargo, the man on the passenger side filming the bizarre sight can be heard in Mandarin saying, "real watermelon."

The original post received 18,000 likes and over 1,700 comments, including:

"This is astonishing!"

"Super cool, it's so huge!"

"How was this gown?"

"How long would it take to finish eating such a huge one?"

"Who's hidden inside?"

"A working student is inside? Let me out!"

Photo from Breaking News Commune (爆料公社)

However, another netizen was not convinced, "This giant watermelon is fake!" The netizen said on the post that it is a display model made out of "fiberglass" used by a watermelon seller for many years. The netizen claimed that the fake watermelon cost NT$60,000 (US$1,985) to make and was used by the melon merchant to attract customers.

The monstrous melon was last seen being delivered to temple in Jiadong Township's Shiguang Village in Pingtung County, reported Liberty Times.