Thursday, March 5, 2015

Weasel photographed riding on a woodpecker's back

Source Website: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31711446
By BBC News, 03 March 2015, Last updated at 13:33


Martin Le-May caught the moment when the woodpecker took flight with a weasel on its back
PHOTO: Martin Le-May caught the moment when the woodpecker took flight with a weasel on its back
Photo by Martin Le-May, 03 March 2015
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Amateur photographer Martin Le-May, from Essex, has recorded the extraordinary image of a weasel riding on the back of a green woodpecker as it flies through the air.

The photograph was taken at Hornchurch Country Park in east London on Monday afternoon (
02 March 2015).
 
Speaking to BBC News, Mr Le-May said he had managed to capture the moment while he was out walking with his wife Ann.


Photographer Martin Le-May who captured the amazing image
PHOTO:  Photographer: Martin Le-May who captured the amazing image
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He said: "I heard a distressed squawking noise and feared the worst.

"I soon realised it was a woodpecker with some kind of small mammal on its back.

"I think we may have distracted the weasel as when the woodpecker landed it managed to escape and the weasel ran into the grass."

Mr Le-May said he was astounded by the reaction to the picture on social media.

The wildlife shot has been retweeted several thousand times.

He said; "I'm so proud so many people are getting to see my image. I'm totally taken aback by the response to it."

'Ferocious as a lion'
Wildlife expert Lucy Cooke told the BBC News Channel: "This is a truly extraordinary image.

"The green woodpecker is a ground-feeding bird, but weasels normally attack rabbits. The woodpecker is not its usual prey.
"But weasels are fearless.

"A female weasel weighs less than a Mars Bar but is as ferocious as a lion, so this is why the woodpecker would have been able to take off with it on its back."



Wildlife presenter Steve Backshall says he has no reason to doubt the photo is real
PHOTO: Wildlife presenter Steve Backshall says he has no reason to doubt the photo is real
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Wildlife presenter Steve Backshall agrees that while highly unusual it is not totally unheard of and has "no reason to doubt" the photo.

He compared the woodpecker to other animals like leaf cutter ants and rhino beetles, which can carry 850 times their body weight.

He said: "The weasel is pretty fascinating as well. It can kill things much bigger than itself, so it's an impressive little creature when you think about its size."
By BBC News, 3 March 2015, Last updated at 13:33



The Weasel and the Woodpecker images going viral on Social Media
PHOTO: The Weasel and the Woodpecker images going viral on Social Media
The actual photo was taken by an amateur photographer Martin Le-May.
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Atreyu riding a Weasel riding a Woodpecker riding Falkor
PHOTO: Atreyu riding a Weasel riding a Woodpecker riding Falkor
The image has been viewed more than 1.5 million times on the Buzzfeed website since he shot it on Monday afternoon (02 March 2015).
The actual photo was taken by an amateur photographer Martin Le-May.
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