Kelli Bender
March 03, 2015 05:35 PM

“I can show you the world. Shining, shimmering, splendid. Tell me, weasel, now when did you last let your heart decide?”

That’s the music I hear in my head as this odd couple soars through the Hornchurch Country Park sky in London. According to ITV News, the story behind this extraordinary photo is a little different and a tad darker than it appears.

Amateur photographer Martin Le-May was walking through the park with his wife when he heard the distressed calls of a woodpecker. Moments later, he spotted the perturbed bird giving an involuntary piggyback ride to a weasel – and quickly realized the animal was trying to kill the woodpecker.

Remarkable photo captures woodpecker flying with weasel on its back in Essex park http://t.co/EH8oK5WGP4 pic.twitter.com/jRoP8Km5sa

ITV News (@itvnews) March 2, 2015

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Le-May was able to snap a few photos of the scuffle, including the stunning shot above.

“Our presence, maybe 25 meters away, momentarily distracted the weasel,” Le-May told ITV. “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 bird escaped on his magic carpet ride for one, while the predator was left to scamper through the tall grass and find new prey. Better luck next time, you wily weasel.

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