Perfectly Timed Animal Photos

Combine Mother Nature and the reality that everyone has a camera in their pocket and it’s a recipe for some oddly spectacular wild photos.

A Woodpecker and Weasel Ride-Along

We’re betting this weasel is whispering sweet nothings into his pilot’s ear. Image: Martin Le-May

Did we miss the memo about woodpeckers becoming the Uber of the animal kingdom?

This weasel, or as we’ll be referring to him as, Mr. Lucky, somehow managed to get himself planted squarely on Woody here while strolling around Essex, England.

Now, weasels don’t have thumbs for hitchhiking. They can’t whistle to flag down a lift, so how did Mr. Lucky manage to turn Woody into his own personal horse?

Odds are on Mr. Lucky actually being a bit of a jerk.

Here’s the scenario: Woody makes a soft landing to check out an ant buffet. It’s all you can eat, so of course he’s not paying attention to what’s going on behind him.

Mr. Lucky comes along, sees Woody as a meal dropped right in his lap, and makes his move.

Octopus Rides Dolphin All Over the Internet

“What’s the big deal? We do this every Thursday.” Image: Jodie Lowe / Caters News

There’s a reason why everyone loves dolphins — they’re all brains and personality.

Octopuses, on the other hand, tend to elicit the opposite reaction. Tentacles and oil bursts are a harder sell.

Now, combine the two beasts hanging out riding the waves together on the Hastings River in Australia and you’ve got a real dilemma on your hands.

It’s like a good cop/bad cop buddy movie, except in this instance one of the detectives might be attempting to eat the other.

Chances are good this octopus caught a break and landed on the dolphin’s back while being pursued as a meal by his photogenic friend.

Either that or it’s the much darker scenario of it going straight for the blowhole…