Have you seen this image…?! I can’t stop looking at it! It’s a picture of a weasel riding around on a woodpecker!
When I first saw this, I told myself that maybe they were both having fun, although I couldn’t, for the life of me, imagine how this could be happening with the consent of both creatures. I told myself, maybe it was a freak accident. Maybe the weasel just accidentally fell on the bird’s back, somehow.
Well, I was listening to NPR in my car en route to campus (yeah yeah yeah, what a cliche I am, I know), and the talk show host was interviewing the photographer. The photographer said that the weasel was trying to kill the woodpecker.
All of a sudden, the photo stopped being fun to me. It turned violent and spooky, like a picture of a bloody crime scene, or a car crash.
I’ve looked closely. I don’t see any blood on the woodpecker. The weasel doesn’t seem to be biting it. Why would a weasel attack a bird that big? Is a woodpecker its natural prey?
What I want to know is, what happened…? Did the weasel kill the bird? Did the woodpecker land on a tree, and the weasel jumped off and ran away? Did the weight of the weasel cause the bird to fall out of the sky and crash? How high up were they?
What the fuck…?