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Stunning moment tiny weasel fights his way out of grip of huge heron in David and Goliath battle


THIS is the stunning moment a tiny weasel fought his way from the clutches of a heron in a David and Goliath-style battle.

The tiny animal managed to weasel its way out of trouble after being snatched by the hungry heron in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

The epic battle lasted two minutes as the weasel twisted and turned into various positions in a bid to escape the heron's beak.

The struggle eventually ended with the weasel biting the heron before falling to the floor and scampering off to safety.

Mark Strachan, 51, was on hand to capture each moment of the struggle and was delighted to see the weasel finally escape.

The gas plant operator lives in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire and takes wildlife pictures in his spare time.

He said: "I had previously been taking pictures of herons catching voles and they made light work of it really, they just kind of stab them with their beak and then eat them alive.

"This little weasel was a different story though. He wasn't having any of it.

"I was in quite a flap because it lasted a good two minutes and I don't know if you've ever heard a weasel scream but it was crying and screaming like a baby and the sound was so high-pitched.

"The weasel kept twisting and turning into different positions and trying to bite the heron's beak. He wasn't going to give up without a fight.

"Finally the weasel bit the heron's face and I think the heron just thought right I have met my match here, let's forget about it and the weasel dropped to the ground and ran off.

"Heron's aren't small, this one was around two feet tall and they eat rabbits so I assumed a weasel would be easy for it.

"When you love nature as much as I do, to witness something like that is pretty spectacular."

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