A woman was left floored when a 'penguin' appeared outsider her home following a large amount of snowfall.
Tracey Donnelly thought she was imagining things when she saw the beaky intruder on Tuesday morning.
A blanket of snow covered her Stockport garden into a winter wonderland and the magical scene was completed with the feathered visitor, writes Manchester Evening News.
The 56-year-old said: "I just woke up. I spotted it. I started looking at it for ages.
"It stood still for five or ten minutes. At one point I thought it's like a piece of wood.
"My daughter said 'it's beautiful out there'. I said 'I have a penguin '. She thought I was joking.
"Then I sent her a photo – she said 'oh my god'."
After making a cuppa, she planned to go out for a closer inspection.
But by the time she set foot in the garden after putting her wellies on, the visitor 'vanished'.
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The events manager took to Facebook to see if anyone had any thoughts on the species.
Many people believe it was a heron, a long-legged freshwater and coastal bird.
"But I refuse to believe them," she joked.
"Everybody needs cheering up. I said 'it's my new Happy Feet land'.
"I obviously know it wasn't a penguin. But I thought 'my god it looks like one'. I've seen a magic penguin.
"It's given everyone a laugh. Everybody in Stockport look out for it, it could come to you next."
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