That’s right, you’re looking at a weasel piggybacking a green woodpecker. Somehow, photographer Martin Le-May caught the unbelievable interaction midflight.
Le-May, an amateur photographer, told ITV News he heard “distressed squawking” while walking in Hornchurch Country Park near London. That’s when he spotted the green woodpecker in a fight for its life with a weasel.
“The woodpecker landed in front of us and I feared the worst. I guess though our presence, maybe 25 meters away, momentarily distracted the weasel. The woodpecker seized the opportunity and flew up and away into some bushes,” Le-May told ITV News. “The woodpecker left with its life. The weasel just disappeared into the long grass, hungry.”
Now, the pair have taken over Twitter, with more than 10,000 retweets of Jason Ward's original post of the image.
(Photo: Courtesy Martin Le-May)