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Caught on camera: weasel, woodpecker piggyback

12:56am IST - 01:04

''Suddenly you come across this image...of a weasel clinging onto the back of a woodpecker and you realize that this is something special''- Photographer Martin Le-May. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: A rare moment of natural life was captured by an amateur photographer in Essex, England, on Monday (March 2) when he took photographs of a weasel riding on the back of a green woodpecker. Martin Le-May was bird spotting with his wife in Hornchurch Country Park when he heard a loud screeching nearby and grabbed his camera. "I picked my camera up, the bird flew off and flew towards us. I snapped and took a couple of photographs and realised, as I was doing that, there was something on the back of the woodpecker," said le-May, who has been practicing photography in his spare time for 15 years. He said he was amazed to see the pictures he had taken in that brief moment. "Suddenly you come across this image that's in reasonable focus of a weasel clinging onto the back of a woodpecker and you realise that this is something special, something quite amazing," he said. Le-May, who used a Canon 70D camera with a 300mm lens to take the photographs, shared them in a private Facebook group with some friends, one of whom posted one of the photographs on Twitter. Within a few hours the photo became an internet sensation, with the hashtag #Weaselpecker trending worldwide.

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Caught on camera: weasel, woodpecker piggyback

12:56am IST - 01:04