Google did not do in a donkey

Ok, let that outrage go, the Googlemobile did not run over a donkey and leave it for dead. The ornery critter was in the way but escaped in plenty of time.

Google Lat Long: Never ass-ume.

Over the last 24-hours concerned members of the public and the media have been speculating on the fate of a donkey pictured in Street View in the Kweneng region of Botswana.

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.

These pictures shows what happens:

Donkey laying on the ground. Photo credit: Google

Donkey laying on the ground. Photo credit: Google

Donkey standing on the side of the road as the car is closer. Photo credit: Google

Donkey standing on the side of the road as the car is closer. Photo credit: Google

Thanks to Google for clearing that up.

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  2 comments for “Google did not do in a donkey

  1. January 16, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Oh sure, like NASA can’t fake a donkey.

  2. January 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    This one amused me. The “Real” Sheldon Cooper (of Twitter, who helped spread the story) apparently forgot that 360-degree cameras allow photographs to be taken facing forward as well as backwards. Rookie mistake.

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