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Did Google Kill This Donkey?

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Sometimes Google's Street View cars return some pretty astounding pictures. Like yesterday when a picture appeared on Reddit of a donkey that commenters thought Google ran over and left for dead.


It gained so much steam that Google had to respond: They didn't kill the donkey. But it sure looked like they did.

Google's Street View cars traverse the globe in order to give people that don't like to go outside an idea of what other parts of the world are like. On a recent visit to map out part of Botswana, the car passed by a donkey on dirt road.


The first picture shows the happy — and possibly warm — donkey standing upright, as donkeys tend to do. The second picture shows the donkey standing next to Google's car. But the shot just after the car passes tells a different story.

Instead of continuing upright, the donkey is lying on the ground, kind of like what dead things do. This made an internet explorer upset and they took to the internet to see if Google might have actually killed a little donkey.

Google's response just went up in a cleverly titled blog post.

Because of the way our 360-degree imagery is put together, it looked to some that our car had been involved in an unseemly hit and run, leaving the humble beast stranded in the road.

As our imagery below shows, the donkey was lying in the path - perhaps enjoying a dust bath - before moving safely aside as our car drove past. I'm pleased to confirm the donkey is alive and well.


Basically, people were looking at the photos in the wrong order. The donkey was lying down first and then got up, not vice versa.


Phew. We're happy to find out that Google doesn't have donkey blood on its hands. That would be embarrassing. Run free little donkey!


Photo Credit: Google Blog, Google Screenshots