Google Street View Cameras Capture Not-So-Friendly Encounters with Wild Animals


Being out on the roads is dangerous, be you a donkey in Botswana, a deer in New York, or a Google Street View driver. Things don’t get newsworthy, however, until one of the first two meets up with the third.

That’s what happened recently when Google was accused by Fox News of hitting a donkey in Botswana and leaving the poor animal helpless in the middle of the road. Fortunately for the animal kingdom, no such thing happened.



In an official statement on their street view blog, Google quickly refuted the claims, explaining that the 360-degree cameras only made it seem as if they’d been part of an “unseemly” hit and run

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 shows, the donkey was lying in the path ā€“ perhaps enjoying a dust bath ā€“ before moving safely aside as our car drove past. Iā€™m pleased to confirm the donkey is alive and well.



Sadly, the same can’t be said for a similar incident that happened in 2009, when a street view camera captured a deer running in front of the car, followed by a photo of it lying on the side of the road.




In that case, Google apologized vehemently, explaining that the driver was distraught and immediately contacted the proper authorities. By the time they got there, however, the deer had gotten up and hobbled off, hopefully to live a long and happy life (if you’ll forgive our optimism).

(via Boing Boing and StreetViewFun)

  • Nikki Comma

    Accusations by Fox News are a dime a dozen. Actual facts are one in a billion however.

  • Arthur Kendrick

    because hitting a deer with a car never happens anywhere ever by accident…

  • Nikki Comma

    Damn you Fred Penner! (I say that at least once a day.)

  • Jackson Cheese

    If Fox News is reporting it it’s safe to assume that the exact opposite is true.

  • Alan Dove

    Just another lying ass on Fox News.

  • DamianM

    I find this funny

  • Bua

    LOL! There are bigger problems in this world. Sheesh!

  • Carlos David

    only goes to prove that the average google driver is a better hunter than the average fox news subscriber

  • Brett Turley

    Imagine my dismay to find these creatures are not only being hit by Google, but are shot mercilessly several months out of the year for sport. Now, cute little squirrels would be tragic.

  • Tina Black

    ya fox HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAAAAAAAHAAAAHAHAHAHALMFAOHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAAA happy to see the donkey was just relaxing in the dirt :)