A HUNGRY mink digs its teeth into a heron’s neck, as the bird desperately tries to defend itself.
The small predator, related to weasels and ferrets, jumped onto the bird’s back as waterfowl fished in the reeds of the canal.
Although overshadowed by its prey, the razor-toothed carnivore, which can grow up to 15 inches long, has jumped on its back.
The heron finally managed to get rid of the razor-toothed mink after a fight at Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Beds.
The fight was captured by amateur photographer Phil Bur.
Phil, 56, and a friend were looking for animals to photograph when the drama unfolded.
He said: “We noticed a heron that flew out of the towpath to the other side in the reeds and we both thought ‘Ah, that would be good if he started looking for fish’. “
They started taking pictures of the bird, which can measure up to five feet, when suddenly the fight started.
Mink are an invasive non-native species that entered UK wildlife after being deliberately released and escaping from fur farms in the 1950s.