Weasel Caught Being Lazy, Takes a Ride on a Woodpecker

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Photo by Martin Le-May

Now, this is funny.

The remarkable shot was taken yesterday by Martin Le-May while he was walking with his wife through Hornchurch Country Park in Havering, London.

The pair heard “distressed squawking” before witnessing the woodpecker’s “struggle for life” as the weasel clung to its back.

The amateur photographer from Essex told ITV that he “feared the worst” for the bird, which appeared to be “unnaturally hopping about like it was treading on a hot surface” before it flew in their direction.

The colourful bird eventually landed about 25 metres from the couple.

“I guess our presence… momentarily distracted the weasel,” said Mr Le-May. “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.”

Read more: telegraph.co.uk

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