When we saw the photo of a baby weasel flying atop a majestic green woodpecker, we couldn’t stop smiling at the rare visual and hope an impossible friendship was in the works.
However, as much as we’d all like to believe the picture below depicts the tale of two friends soaring the skies on an epic adventure, and a photographer just happened to be lucky enough to capture the amazing moment, sadly it’s NOT. This photo shows a weasel trying to kill a woodpecker.
Photo: Martin Le-May
Photographer Martin Le-May, who was on a walk with his wife at a Country Park East of London, said “the bird landed in front of us.” Then they noticed there was an animal on its back. It was a weasel trying to kill the bird. He took the picture as the woodpecker flew away with the weasel on its back.
“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 away,” Le-may said.
The bird was able to escape with its life. The weasel fell on the grass and quickly disappeared in the bushes.
“While they usually attack rabbits, weasels are ‘fearless’ predators and it isn’t totally shocking that one would go after a woodpecker, a ground-feeder,” Wildlife expert Lucy Cooke told BBC News.
h/t: The Huffington post.