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Weasel photographed riding on a woodpecker's back - the internet reacts

By Christopher Hooton

The internet was in disbelief that a crystal clear photograph of a weasel majestically riding a woodpecker like a space fighter wasn't photoshopped and was in fact captured in a park in Essex by an amateur photographer.

Sadly the weasel wasn't hitching a ride but trying to kill the bird, but this did nothing to tarnish the photo's brilliance, nor everyone's will to Photoshop it into oblivion.

The photograph was taken at Hornchurch Country Park in east London on Monday afternoon.

Speaking to BBC News, Mr Le-May said he had managed to capture the moment while he was out walking with his wife Ann.

He said: "I heard a distressed squawking noise and feared the worst.

"I soon realised it was a woodpecker with some kind of small mammal on its back.

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

Mr Le-May said he was astounded by the reaction to the picture on social media.

And the internet, true to form, reacted creating some hilarious versions of the photograph from Miley Cyrus to Vladamir Putin - all catching a ride with the woodpecker.

Most recently, world champion boxer from Belfast, Carl Frampton was photoshopped on to the picture. He tweeted the picture saying: "Thanks for the ride guys."

<< Below are some of our favourite ways the internet reacted to the photograph - click through the picture gallery to see the rest. >>

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