Unwanted passenger: Weasel on flying woodpecker caught in rare photo

‘It is an unbelievably unusual to witness something like this,’ Martin Le-May, who took the photo, says

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A photographer in the United Kingdom has captured the stunning moment a woodpecker, in a static panic, took the air with a hungry, unwanted, weasel on its back, the Daily Mirror reported.

Photographer Martin Le-May took several pictures of the encounter between the two mammals at Hornchurch Country Park in east London.

Out for its next meal, the weasel was first spotted eyeing the colorful bird before pouncing on the much larger target.

It then fiercely clung onto the woodpecker as the panicked bird took to the air.

The bird later managed to shake off its attacker in mid-flight.

Martin, 52, who was out walking with his wife Ann at the east London park on Monday, said he had “feared the worst” for the woodpecker after hearing “distressed squawking” of the struggle.

“It is an unbelievably unusual to witness something like this and I guess it is just a chance in a million,” he said.

“You can see the look of terror on the bird’s face because it does not want to end up as a weasel’s next meal.”