So we're driving home from our usual Thursday in Arborfield tonight, around 9:30pm. It was a very dark night, with low clouds blocking what little moon there would be. Light flurries in the air. Very black pavement on the road. Headlights not penetrating the deep darkness very far.
When suddenly ahead, a flash of white - an animal on the highway! As we drew nearer, it was clearly an animal about 2 feet tall, mainly black with a patch of white running almost its entire height right in the centre. And it appeared to waddle... or at least sway slightly side to side.
We both, quite independently, thought: "a penguin? in the middle of the Saskatchewan bush?"
Time to brush up on our wildlife identification skills...?
(Photos from Penguins-World.com and LoneGunMan)