Fascinating nature: weasel rides woodpecker

A rare, fascinating snapshot is currently making the rounds around the world: a picture of the amateur photographer Martin Le-May shows a small weasel sitting on a woodpecker. But how did the unusual photo come about?

What looks funny at first glance shows at second glance how nature can be: dangerous and not always predictable. The young weasel seems to have tried to plunder the woodpecker's nest in search of food. It must have attacked the woodpecker, who knew no other way to help but fly to get rid of the wild animal from its back.

A very rare encounter

Even though the weasel is a nest predator, it usually prefers to hunt rabbits and other small rodents. Despite its small size, the situation was very dangerous for the woodpecker: the weasel is a fearless and very persistent predator. All the better to hear that the woodpecker, according to the photographer, got away with a horror from the dangerous situation.

Luck for the woodpecker, bad luck for the weasel

The woodpecker is said to have landed on the ground shortly after the snapshot and the weasel was distracted for a moment, perhaps by the people nearby. The bird took advantage of this opportunity and flew away, photographer Martin Le-May reports in an email to the “BuzzFeed News” web portal. "The woodpecker got away alive. The weasel then disappeared into the long grass, hungry. "

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