Google Denies Senseless Street View Donkey Slaughter

By Gary Cutlack on at

Images captured by Google's Street View car on a dusty road in Botswana appear to show the camera vehicle knocking over a donkey, then driving away. Unconfirmed reports claim the driver was heard laughing about it, too.

The find has caused enough online controversy to force Google into issuing a statement about the donkey's health, with the search giant saying: "Our Street View teams take the safety of people and donkeys very seriously. A review of our imagery confirms that we did not cause any harm to the donkey."

People who've spent more than two seconds looking at the photos have come up with the rational explanation that the donkey was rolling in the dust when the camera car came along, forcing it to get up and run away. Watching these events happen in the wrong order might indeed make it look like Google mowed the animal down in order to sell the meat to Tesco. [The Register]