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Did Google run over a donkey in Botswana?

No, it's just walking backwards, according to Google.

The Google Maps image reveals a puff of dust flying up from the
injured donkey, suggesting that the image must have captured the donkey
as it was falling rather than just lying on the road. Further evidence - when you zoom past the donkey, you will find it standing by the road, uninjured. Commentators
claim it is possible that the Google Street View car ran over the
donkey and the shot of it lying on the roadside was captured by the
rear-facing camera. In
the photos, the company allege that the Google Street View car
approached the donkey which was already lying down, which then gets up
and continues walking uninjured. The problem with this version of events is that - based on the images - it appears as though the donkey is walking backwards.The image - captured from the front camera of the car - featured the
donkey lying down, in between two fairly prominent tyre marks. The
second image shows the donkey getting up. The third image shows the
donkey standing off and to the left, metres behind where it fell. The
fourth image shows the donkey even further back and to the left. Google
claims the photos show the events in the order they occurred.This version of events seems to make no earthly sense. Firstly,
there was considerable space between the spot where the donkey fell,
and the spot it was seen standing in the second shot. That donkey
would have had to have leapt at considerable speed to go from lying in
the middle of the road to standing to the very left of the frame in the
second shot. Also, when the donkey allegedly "got up", there was
no dirt impression left in the middle of the road. Also missing were
footprints. And do donkeys usually just lie down in the middle of roads?Roger
Short, Adjunct Professor of Zoology at Melbourne University told emphatically that donkeys cannot walk backwards. "Can
you walk normally going backwards?," he said. "You might jog but you
wouldn't run fast. Donkeys are not adapted to it. They can take a few
steps but they would never normally walk backwards." Unfortunately, Professor Short was unable to assess the validity of the photos.A Google Street View spokesman denied that the donkey was injured.

"No, no, no. It's RESTING," tweeted @polygeek.

Added: Jan-15-2013 Occurred On: Jan-15-2013
By: badMother
Tags: Google, streetview, donkey, Botswana, animal, rights, collison,
Location: Botswana (load item map)
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