Why Is Google Street View Running Over Wild Animals?
If you haven't already heard, apparently, the dudes who run the Google Street View cars snapped a picture of what appears to be a "dead" donkey in the middle of the road in Botswana. Since then, Google has released a statement on the situation regarding the not-so-dead donkey: "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.
Sounds like a pretty reasonable explanation, right? Well, how then do you explain this gem, Google? (top picture). While it is relatively common for donkeys to take dirt/dust baths, it's not so common for deer to lie in the middle of the road...and then be thrown off into the grass. The image itself was uploaded onto Reddit over a year ago, since then, Google seems to have removed/retaken the image at the exact location, deer free. Google, you've got some splainin to do.