Dammit, Mother Nature: Amateur Photographer Catches Weasel Riding On The Back Of Flying Woodpecker

March 3, 2015


This is the photo of a weasel riding/attacking a flying green woodpecker taken by amateur photographer (read: regular person) Martin Le-May in his yard in Essex, England. Personally, if I was a weasel I'd prefer to ride a hawk, but that's just me and I'm at war against the squirrels.

Speaking to BBC News, Mr Le-May said he had managed to capture the moment while he was out walking with his wife Ann.

"I think we may have distracted the weasel as when the woodpecker landed it managed to escape and the weasel ran into the grass."

Wildlife expert Lucy Cooke told the BBC News Channel: "This is a truly extraordinary image.

"The green woodpecker is a ground-feeding bird, but weasels normally attack rabbits. The woodpecker is not its usual prey.

You think the weasel was actually attacking the bird, or you think it just wanted to know what it was like to fly? Because if I was a weasel sitting around watching birds fly all day I'd probably want to know what it was like too. Thankfully, I'm not a weasel, I'm a chipmunk and I'm too busy stuffing my cheeks (mouth and butt) with nuts to think about that stuff.

Thanks to Brendan of Hampshire and Ant C, who agree Mother Nature has officially lost her shit.

  • Wiley

    wait... no one has questioned its validity yet? Am I the only one who thinks that bird looks 10 kinds of fake? What's up with its eye?

  • It's scared the fuck out because it has a weasel on it's back that's trying to kill and eat it. That is what's up with it's eye. Fear!

  • Stannis

    I'm pretty sure this is a sign of the apocalypse. From Revelation: "I looked, and there before me was a woodpecker! Its rider was a weasel, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth."

  • Bling Nye

    I am sadly disappointed it wasn't Pauly Shore on the back of a wood pecker.

    Hey, BU-DDY.

    Although, somewhere, out there, floating in the pipes, is probably The Weasel, on, or sporting, a wooden pecker.

    So there's that.

  • Octo
  • Spacecheese

    That's some 'Animals of Farthing wood' shenanigans right there....

  • asadsfadsfa

    just be glad the cameraman interrupted their mating. last thing the world needs is flying weasels

  • Frédéric Purenne

    This is surreal!

  • asadsfadsfa

    fly straight up. do loops, don't be close enough to the ground the fucker survives to tackle you again later ;(P
    edit- huh, disqus says my reply got autoflagged for spam and removed...i know there was a delay during which it was visible(because frederic upvoted it) but now its gone.. will edit it here i guess? (maybe it was having a link posted wtihout words? so this should have it covered.)

    this was in reply to "its a bird not a fighter jet"


  • Frédéric Purenne

    It's a bird, not a fighter jet.

  • Mason

    its just a hug! I bet they are best friends or something.

  • The_Wretched

    I can see the next generation of pokemon. Animals riding other animals.

  • n11

    Banjo-Kazooie influenced!?

  • PUNX

    wow, we had a frog riding a beetle and now this. i think there is some kind of forrest wars we dont know a bout.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Or people found out that they can get 5 min of fame by staging stuff. But I can't affirm nothing about this without analyzing the photo and checking the sources and many other stuff I'm not really in the mood for. Amazing shot if it wasn't staged.

  • ODwanKenObi

    I'm preeety sure the weasel was riding that woodpecker into battle. There is a secret war between the mongoose and the weasel people refuse to acknowledge. We here on Geekologie know better though, we know better.

  • Jon


  • Christopher Ocampo

    the bird looks like it is freaking out.

  • Stan's Used Coffin Emporium

    wouldn't you be?

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