Google Sets The Record Straight After Being Accused Of Killing A Donkey With Its Street View Cars

Google addressed the allegations that it killed a donkey head-on today.

In a statement to Jalopnik, a Google representative said, “I’m pleased to confirm the donkey is alive and well.”

On Reddit yesterday a thread popped up pointing people to a Google Street View image which appeared to show one of Google’s cars running over a donkey.

You can see it here, or just scroll below to see the sequence of images.

Google Donkey

Photo: Screenshot

Google Donkey

Photo: Screenshot

And now the car zooms past and we see the behind shot:

Google Donkey

Photo: Screenshot

Google Donkey

Photo: Screenshot

While it looks like the car hit the donkey, it turns out the images are backwards.

Google says the donkey was rolling in the dust, then it saw the car coming and it jumped up and stood to the side. The Reddit community was looking at the images in the wrong order.

If you pull back on the photos, Google’s story checks out:

donk

Photo: Screenshot

donk

Photo: Screenshot

donk

Photo: Screenshot

donk

Photo: Screenshot

donk

Photo: Screenshot

donk

Photo: Screenshot

Google Donkey

Photo: Screenshot

UPDATE: Definitive proof. The donkey is off to the side of the car here:

donk

Photo: Screenshot

NOW WATCH: Tech Insider videos

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.


Tagged In

google sai-us