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This Photo of a Weasel Riding a Woodpecker Isn’t as Cute as it Looks

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Although we are programmed to see this as a cute duo, the weasel is actually trying to eat this woodpecker. 

This photo was taken by amateur photographer, Martin Le-May in Essex, England. It is an incredible shot, taken at exactly the right time.

As much as we want to view this as a superhero weasel flying his woodpecker to a magical place in order to do something amazing, the reality is that the weasel was attacking the woodpecker.

Weasels are notoriously scrappy and will attack animals much bigger, including squirrels, foxes, coyotes, swans…it’s a never-ending list when it’s hungry enough.

The woodpecker finally shook the little weasel and escaped alive. The ultimate scavenger sulked away hungry.

Nature is amazing and brutal, even though we are conditioned to see this picture as a fairytale. Maybe a good children’s story will come out of it.

Happy World Wildlife Day!

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This Photo of a Weasel Riding a Woodpecker Isn’t as Cute as it Looks