This first object was inert, white and gray covered in fur or feathers.
I approached it with some trepidation.
But it turns out it was just a stuffed animal, which seemed to merit the title Barfy the Bear.
|Mark regrets having slowed enough for me to catch up to him|
We tried to get close enough to see and it moved even faster, in a straight line across the river, never ducking under water or flying away.
Perhaps you recognize it in the top shot; a deer.
Soon it arrived safely on the far side, and though it slipped back down, on the second attempt made it up the steep slope.