Viral ‘Weasel Piggybacking on Woodpecker’ Photo is a Lot Darker Than It Looks
A rare photo of a weasel piggybacking on a woodpecker which has gone viral on the Internet today may look cute to some but it’s actually a matter of life or death.
Photographer Martin Le-May, who took the photo at Hornchurch Country Park in Essex, explained to ITV that he heard “distressed squawking” from the woodpecker as the weasel rode on its back. The weasel was trying to kill it!
Thankfully, the weasel got distracted by the animal paparazzi, and the woodpecker was able to escape.
The woodpecker landed in front of us and I feared the worst. I guess though our presence, maybe 25 metres away, momentarily distracted the weasel. The woodpecker seized the opportunity and flew up and away into some bushes away to our left. Quickly the bird gathered its self respect and flew up into the trees and away from our sight.
The woodpecker left with its life, the weasel just disappeared into the long grass, hungry.
The photo is making the rounds on the Internet today. It will probably live on forever in memes because it’s such an incredible moment.