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Old 03 March 2015, 04:56 PM
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Old 03 March 2015, 05:07 PM
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Cheeky!
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Old 03 March 2015, 05:14 PM
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Epic photo. Bet it's worth a few quid too!
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Has it attacked the woody?
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Saw this on the news at lunch time. The story goes that the ferret attacked the woodpecker(?) and the bird flew off while the ferret was still gripping it. The bird did land shortly after where the ferret ran off.
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Old 03 March 2015, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by LSherratt View Post
Saw this on the news at lunch time. The story goes that the ferret attacked the woodpecker(?) and the bird flew off while the ferret was still gripping it. The bird did land shortly after where the ferret ran off.
Wow! Goes to show that it's not always what it looks like. I thought the woodpecker and the ferret were mates, and the woodpecker was giving the ferret a joy ride on his back. I thought the flying bird might have been even humming to the ferret during the ride: Let me show you "a whole new world............A new fantastic point of view..........", Aladdin stylee. Anyway, I'm just glad to know that no one was harmed, and ferret eventually fvvked off. Makes you think why he bothered attacking the bird if he had to leg it himself. May be the ride made him feel giddy. Never knew that giving a joy ride to the enemies was a self defence mechanism in the birds. We learn something new every day!
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Old 03 March 2015, 07:24 PM
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It's a baby Weasel !!
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Old 03 March 2015, 07:27 PM
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Incredible photo and the memes are funny as well.
http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2015/03/03/...ng-woodpecker/
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Originally Posted by Funkii Munkii View Post
It's a baby Weasel !!
Ok, man! It's a baby weasel, then! Happy, now?

Still, a deceiving display as if two really good friends are on a gallivanting one; like Keanu Reeves with Trinity flying on a motorbike in Matrix; hypothetically. But according to LSh, it's nothing like that in the OP pic. It's in fact the 'fight or flight' response from the bird, to a dangerous baby of a frikking weasel! Can't bear thinking about it.
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Old 03 March 2015, 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by chrisowe View Post
Incredible photo and the memes are funny as well.
http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2015/03/03/...ng-woodpecker/
HAHAHA! John Travolta one made me go>
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Sorry, weasel If anyone saw that picture for the first time with no knowledge, they would indeed think they're best of buds!
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Old 03 March 2015, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by LSherratt View Post
Sorry, weasel If anyone saw that picture for the first time with no knowledge, they would indeed think they're best of buds!
Yeah, they seem so cute together. I've seen pictures/vids of cats on the back of walking dogs, and birds on the back of swimming crocodiles. Such sightings are so heart warming, although I'm not sure whether crocs were intentionally and happily giving a ride to the birds. I think they simply didn't sense the birds on their back, due to their thick skin. If they did, the birds would have become their any time snack.
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Originally Posted by Funkii Munkii View Post
Awesome picture

I'm surprised none of the airlines or our government hasn't slapped some kind of flying tax on this yet....

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Originally Posted by Turbohot View Post
Yeah, they seem so cute together. I've seen pictures/vids of cats on the back of walking dogs, and birds on the back of swimming crocodiles. Such sightings are so heart warming, although I'm not sure whether crocs were intentionally and happily giving a ride to the birds. I think they simply didn't sense the birds on their back, due to their thick skin. If they did, the birds would have become their any time snack.
It is believed that crocodiles tolerate the birds because they pick the ticks & such like out of their scales, in the same way sharks often have remora attached to them. There are related pictures of the birds picking the bits from between the teeth of open mouthed crocs
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It's a great pic. I doubt the weasel will be quite so keen to have a feather dinner in future. It's a shame the weasel isn't facing towards the camera, he may have had a pair of flying goggles on.
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Old 04 March 2015, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by CrisPDuk View Post
It is believed that crocodiles tolerate the birds because they pick the ticks & such like out of their scales, in the same way sharks often have remora attached to them. There are related pictures of the birds picking the bits from between the teeth of open mouthed crocs
I want a pet Woodpecker to pick my teeth for me. Kind of awkward for kissing and speaking but a price worth paying for flawless teeth on a daily basis.
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Epic photograph, a once in a lifetime picture I would say.
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Old 04 March 2015, 12:34 PM
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Originally Posted by CrisPDuk View Post
It is believed that crocodiles tolerate the birds because they pick the ticks & such like out of their scales, in the same way sharks often have remora attached to them. There are related pictures of the birds picking the bits from between the teeth of open mouthed crocs
Actually, my dad told me about these General Physician nit-picking and dental hygienist/dentist birds. I had forgotten, but you have just reminded me. I still think that we can't completely rule out 'thick skin' theory for a croc and the likes of tortoises, though. I know that some people stuck a candle to the tortoise's shell, and then lit it. They did it in a blackout situation to freak their friends out. When the tortoise started its crawling, and when friends saw a candle walking by itself in dark, they did freak out something chronic. I don't think the tortoise had a clue what he was carrying on his back.

Above experiment sounds cruel to animals, and I am also against the cruelty to the animals. I didn't conduct that candle experiment, so please, for whosoever it may concern, spare me from slating. Thanks in advance.
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Must be a cider joke in there somewhere.
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