'Home of the woodpecker-riding weasel': Park sign makes it 'official'
Hornchurch Country Park gets sign commemmorating the #WeaselPeck phenomenon
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."
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WeaselPecker?src=hash">#WeaselPecker</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/itsofficial?src=hash">#itsofficial</a> <a href="http://t.co/KCvju5Qqzk">pic.twitter.com/KCvju5Qqzk</a>—@s_cro55
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.
ABSOLUTLEY INCREDIBLE photo by Martin Le-May. Green Woodpecker and Weasel. Apparently the Woodpecker escaped. <a href="http://t.co/PUt1b2Mbhs">pic.twitter.com/PUt1b2Mbhs</a>—@Jayward7
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.