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A scene captured by a Google Street View vehicle in Kweneng, Botswana, that went viral Monday seems to show the car hitting and possibly killing a donkey on the road.
The scene is still visible on Google Street View: The Google vehicle appears to come up upon a standing donkey before knocking it over.
But Google has a different version of the incident and insists the animal is fine.
"Our Street View teams take the safety of people and donkeys very seriously," Google said in a statement. "A review of our imagery confirms that we did not cause any harm to the donkey."
Google Street View Car and The Donkey [latimes.com]
"The problem with this version of events is that — based on the images — it appears as though the donkey is walking backward," she said. "This version of events seems to make no earthly sense."
To further make her point, Porter quotes Roger Short, a zoology professor from Melbourne University, who insists donkeys don't walk backward.