Weasel catches a ride on a woodpecker [PHOTOS]

Weasel catches a ride on a woodpecker [PHOTOS], A London photographer snapped a rare photo showing a small weasel catching a ride on a woodpecker. The incredible image, taken in Hornchurch Country Park in East London, captures the weasel in the middle of a what is actually a poorly thought out attack actually.

The photograph was first shared by @Jayward7 on March 2. It was initially thought too good to be believed. That initial post has been retweeted some 10,000 times and social networkers have obsessed over whether the scene was manipulated.

Martin Le-May of Essex said he and his wife, Ann, were walking Monday in Hornchurch Country Park when they came across the unusual sight.

"I heard a distressed squawking noise and feared the worst," Le-May told the BBC. "I soon realized it was a woodpecker with some kind of small mammal on its back."

Le-May said the woodpecker was in a struggle for its life with the unwanted passenger.

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

Le-May has assured the media that he captured the shot. He has additional photos to back him up.

Credit: Martin Le-May

Experts also seem to think the photo is legitimate. According to Hany Farid, a professor and expert on digital forensics at Dartmouth University in New Hampshire, the low resolution of the image would make it extremely challenging for anyone to fake such a photo. However, it has spawned a number of funny alterations.