WEB FIRM Google has had to explain to the internet that it does not drive around the world slaying donkeys with its Street View cars.
The idea that Google did this floated around the web for a couple of days after someone spotted some disturbing, for donkeys and animal lovers, images on Street View.
Those images were of a donkey and then a donkey lying down in the road. This gave the appearance that the Street View car had happened upon the donkey and run over it. People, naturally, were appalled.
Fret not, people, because Google has revisited the location and its images and discovered that what we are actually seeing is a lazy donkey lying down in a road that moves when a car approaches and then stands and gives it the eyeball. Rather than being dead, the donkey apparently is not to be messed with.
"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," says a blog post from Google that bears the tortuous title, "Never ass-ume".
"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."
Is it though? If you know the donkey please update us about its whereabouts in the comments. µ