Weasel Takes a Magical Ride on a Woodpecker’s Back

June 16, 2019 at 3:26 pm

Can weasels fly? Apparently if they hitch a ride on the back of a woodpecker they can!

Amateur photographer Martin Le-May got the photo-op of a lifetime while visiting a park in East London.

Luckily, he had his camera out just in time to capture a weasel taking flight on a woodpecker’s back.

He was able to snap several photos before the ride came to an end.

Even though it looks like a scene out of a Disney movie, with the weasel hugging the bird’s neck, the two animals were not friends, according to National Geographic.

The weasel was likely trying to kill the woodpecker, as they are known to prey on animals much larger than they are by jumping on their backs and biting their necks.

Only this time, the prey caught the predator off guard by taking flight, leaving him to hang on for dear life and a wild ride.

The photographer’s presence may have actually saved the woodpecker’s life:

“I think we may have distracted the weasel, as when the woodpecker landed it managed to escape and the weasel ran into the grass,” he told the BBC.