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Viral photo shows weasel riding flying woodpecker

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LONDON — An East London man captured a rare, astonishing moment Monday when he went for a stroll in the park with his wife and photographed what he believes is a baby weasel on the back of a flying woodpecker, PIX11 reported.

What at first seems like a wonderful friendship between furry and feathery friends, was in reality an example of a baby weasel trying to kill the woodpecker, the photographer told Buzzfeed.

Le-May told reporters, “as we walked we heard a distressed squawking and I saw that flash of green,” referring to the woodpecker’s flapping wings. It occurred to him and his wife “this was a struggle for life.”

Le-May recounted what happened next:

“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 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.”