Google Didn't Kill a Donkey, It Just Looked That Way

Paul Lilly

As it turns out, Google didn't run over a donkey taking Street View pictures.

Everyone knows what happens when you assume things, and admittedly, Street View pictures in the Kweneng region of Botswana showing a donkey sprawled across the road amid a puff of dust looked bad. Like, really bad. At a glance, it appeared Google ran over and killed the wandering donkey in its continued quest to photograph the planet, an innocent victim in the wrong place at precisely the right time. But guess what? The donkey's alive.

A Reddit thread first brought attention to what looked like a case of reckless driving, and news of Google's seemingly bad driving raced through cyberspace. It garnered so much attention that Google decided to set the record straight.

"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," Kei Kawai, Group Product Manager for Google Maps, stated in a blog post.

Google posted a series of pictures of the dust-bathing donkey, one of which shows the animal moving to the side of the road in front of the Street View car, and another taken from the back of the car showing the animal upright and alive.

So there you have it, Google isn't a donkey killer. See for yourself on the Street View images .

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