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Google: We Did Not Kill That Donkey in Botswana

Google's Street View is amazing. The service has photos from all over the world, from New York to Antarctica. This means we can explore places we may never visit and snag a sneak peek of life in other countries. However, there are also a lot of crazy things on Google Street View. Some people make it their mission to be photographed by the car, while others are caught unawares while doing something private in a not so private place. Google usually keeps quiet about the crazy stuff that crops up on the site. However, this week, the company felt the need to address some rumors regarding one set of Street View photos.

Google yesterday took to its Lat Long blog to deny claims that one of its Street View cars had run over a donkey in Botswana.

"Over the last 24-hours concerned members of the public and the media have been speculating on the fate of a donkey pictured in Street View in the Kweneng region of Botswana," the search giant wrote in a blog post, adding that the donkey did not die and actually moved for the car.

"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."

Google also included some photos of the donkey safe and sound on the side of the road and a shot of the cute little guy standing by the roadside as the Google car drove away.

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