Woodpecker shown flying with weasel on its back seen in Hornchurch Country Park

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Martin Le-May was walking through Hornchurch Country Park with his wife Ann on the 2nd of March. He had hoped that Ann would see a green woodpecker, as she had never seen one before.

As they walked along they heard ‘distressing squawking’ and saw a ‘flash of green’ and it wasn’t until the bird flew closer that it became obvious that it had a small mammal on it’s back.

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Martin reported in his interview with ITV news:

The woodpecker landed in front of us and I feared the worst. I guess though our presence, maybe 25 metres 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.

Unfortunately for the bird this isn’t a case of the¬†weasel sticking out it’s thumb and asking for a ride, but the weasel is actually in mid attack

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