Martin Le May

We really hoped that this would be a tale of the Bonny and Clyde, the Thelma and Louise, the Starsky and Hutch of the animal kingdom, off to see the world.

As it turns out, this was actually an attack gone wrong by the miniature river rodent.

Photographer Martin Le May saw the woodpecker hopping unnaturally on the ground while on a country walk and proceeded towards the animal.


“Just after I switched from my binoculars to my camera the bird flew across us and slightly in our direction; suddenly it was obvious it had a small mammal on its back" he told reporters this morning.

“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."

“The woodpecker left with its life, the weasel just disappeared into the long grass, hungry."

While we’re happy the bird got away unscathed, let’s be honest, today we’re all going to be channelling the daredevil weasel of the skies….

Martin Le May

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