'Home of the woodpecker-riding weasel': Park sign makes it 'official'

Hornchurch Country Park, where an amateur nature photographer famously shot a weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker, now boasts a sign commemorating the viral photo.

Hornchurch Country Park gets sign commemmorating the #WeaselPeck phenomenon

#WeaselPecker #itsofficial (Stephen Cross/Twitter)

The photo that captured the imaginations of nature-lovers across the internet has now been immortalized in a sign at the Hornchurch Country Park in East London: "Home of the woodpecker-riding weasel." 

The sign marks the spot where Martin Le-May took his famous photo of a weasel engaged in a life-or-death struggle with a green woodpecker. While it may appear to the casual observer that the weasel is just hitching a ride on the bird's back, the weasel is definitely trying to kill the bird. 

The sign features a silhouetted illustration of the duo in flight. 

While the sign looks as though it may have been erected by a park authority and the above tweet is hashtagged #itsofficial, the sign is anything but. 

The tribute to the photo dubbed #WeaselPecker on Twitter was the idea of Stephen Cross and his colleagues Simon Connor, Sam Walker and Joe De Souza at the Karmarama advertising agency, according to a report in The Telegraph.

Cross told The Telegraph that the post and sign were put up "guerilla style" on Saturday, without the permission of Hornchurch Country Park or local authorities.


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