The Truth About That Woodpecker/Weasel Picture.


The amazing photograph above of a weasel hitching a ride on the back of a woodpecker has a far more sinister origin than current social media posts are suggesting.

The picture is currently burning a hole through the internet with suggestions that the bird is simply giving the weasel a friendly lift, but as photographer Martin Le-May explained to  ITV News the bird was in fact being attacked.

…I saw that flash of green. So hurriedly I pointed out to Ann the bird and it settled into the grass behind a couple of small silver birch trees. Both of us trained our binoculars and it occurred that the woodpecker was unnaturally hopping about like it was treading on a hot surface. Lots of wing flapping showing that gloriously yellow/white colour interspersed with the flash of red head feathers. Just after I switched from my binoculars to my camera the bird flew across us and slightly in our direction; suddenly it was obvious it had a small mammal on its back and this was a struggle for life.

The woodpecker landed in front of us and I feared the worst. I guess though our presence, maybe 25 metres away, momentarily distracted the weasel. The woodpecker seized the opportunity and flew up and away into some bushes away to our left. Quickly the bird gathered its self respect and flew up into the trees and away from our sight.

Unless of course the picture is an elaborate fake and I’ve just wasted five valuable minutes posting this up.

Martial Arts Coach Gives Advice On Dealing With A Street Fight.

Finding yourself in a street fight is a terrifying prospect and one which most of us would do well in life to avoid. But sometimes circumstances plot against you and before you have time to comprehend what’s happening you find yourself involved in an altercation which is rapidly spiralling out of control.

Violence isn’t something we’d ever condone but if you were unfortunate enough to find yourself involved in a street fight then you’d probably be thankful for having watched this informative video by martial arts coach Firas Zahabi.

Sky Divers Near Miss With Aeroplane.

Talk about a close shave.

The video above caught the moment a pair of tandem sky-divers had a near-miss with the aircraft they just just jumped out of. For some inexplicable reason the pilot of the plane goes into a nosedive right towards the descending couple and passes them both, with the wing and prop just inches from their bodies.

If you notice the male sky-diver actually taps his female companion right after they begin their descent to attract her attention to the plane as it begins its nosedive, which suggests that this may have been a planned stunt by the organisers…just not one which almost ended in death.

Exorcism Video Now Confirmed As ‘Authentic’ By Catholic Church.

The Daily Express posted the above footage online claiming that it shows an actual exorcism filmed in a Roman Catholic church in the Czech Republic. The video isn’t the best as it was recorded through the church keyhole and the main action is occurring a fair distance away.

What is clear is the audio and there’s a fair amount of screaming and yelling by a young woman who appears to have been possessed by an evil spirit, as clergymen around her attempt to exorcise her demon.

The strangest part of this footage is that the Roman Catholic Church have now confirmed the video to be authentic.

Man Hit By Scooter On Live News.

On location live news reporting always comes with the risk of something going wrong and even when it appears everything is going right that can always change, with much unpredictability.

The video above shows ITN’s Ria Chatterjee reporting outside London’s St Pancras station when a man behind her, (bottom left of the video), trying to cross the road is suddenly hit by a moped and sent flying. Turns out both parties were uninjured in the collision.


Of course the topic of Ria’s news report was ‘transport chaos’.