TESLA owner Elon Musk has taken inspiration from the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) on social media.

In an unlikely move, the technology entrepreneur swapped his profile picture with the image of a ram that went viral last April.

Musk, who has nearly 26 million followers, was responding to a post from the MIT Technology Review about the world’s biggest plane.

The original tweet from MERL has achieved more than 110,000 likes.

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The museum's account decided to respond by changing their own image to a picture of Musk.

They responded: "Excuse us @elonmusk but what. Two can play at this game.

"Can we put a sheep into space in a car now please it's 2019.

"We've invented electric sheep and they're called Teslewe and they cost 12000 of your English pounds."