By Jamie Smit
This plucky weasel made a lucky escape – wrestling himself free from the beak of a hungry heron in full view of bemused bystanders in a park.
The images, captured by 62-year-old photographer, Lesley Allen, show the little weasel prise open the heron’s beak and make a bid for freedom in Peterborough, Cambs.
The heron appears to think that the wily creature would have made the perfect lunch – but despite coming within inches of being swallowed down, he manages to slip away, and make a speedy dash across the playing field.
Lesley said: “The heron appeared with the weasel on the opposite bank of the River Nene.
“It wriggled and struggled for almost four minutes, then it finally managed to escape and ran off squealing, pursued by the heron.
“He had a lucky escape though.”
Lesley, a retired pharmacy dispenser, from Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, travelled to the area to capture wild photography.