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Some believe donkey may just be resting, not dead

The internet was abuzz when Google Inc.'s (GOOG"Street View" cars -- camera equipped vehicles engaged in capture a massive street level photographic view of the world's streets -- captured images of a donkey lying in an Indian street.  The donkey looked badly injured or possibly dead, and the car tracks in the image looked somewhat like the Google car might have struck it.

But Google is firing back, insisting that it did not hit the donkey.  A Google spokesperson is quoted as saying, "Our Street View teams take the safety of people and donkeys very seriously."

Some commenters sought to dispel the heated debate, arguing that the donkey might not be dead or dying at all, but merely resting in the street.  They point out that it could have walked out and laid down in the road after the Google Street View car came by.

Google Street View donkey
Some folks are upset about images of what looks like a dead donkey that were captured by a Google Street View car in India. [Image Source:]

Google Street View cars have not always been popular in guest nations.  The cars have been chased out of some towns, and Google has admitted to using the cars in an illicit project to collect data from open Wi-Fi networks.  And manymany nations have expressed concerns about the privacy of individuals photographed by the passing cars.

Last June the city of Bangalore kicked out the Street View cars for an interesting new reason.  The city's police complained that Google's highly detailed images could be used by terrorists to help plan their attacks.  The state capital was hit by deadly terrorist bombings back in 2008.

Sources: News Australia, DNA India

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By Digimonkey on 1/16/2013 3:56:51 PM , Rating: 2
Don't Indians drive on the left side of the road? So this shot of the donkey would've been during the approach.

RE: Confused...
By sandpa on 1/16/2013 4:11:55 PM , Rating: 2
unless they were getting ready for a pass. Not that vehicles stick to their lane in India especially on dirt roads like these.

RE: Confused...
By othercents on 1/16/2013 4:14:55 PM , Rating: 2
The picture was taken in Botswana Africa. The over blown story about killing a donkey came from India.

RE: Confused...
By Fallen Kell on 1/16/2013 4:18:29 PM , Rating: 2
And it is clear that the donkey walked there after the car tracks, as you can clearly see the hoof prints in the ground/dirt over top of the car tracks (notice how the one that drags through the dirt caused mounds of dirt to form? If the car had run over that, you would see the car track going over the mounds, or completely covering that track).

RE: Confused...
By othercents on 1/16/2013 4:30:48 PM , Rating: 3
No exactly true. The donkey was playing on the ground prior to the Google vehicle getting there. If you backup the pictures you can see where another vehicle was going the other direction and you can see the donkey walking at that point. So the donkey is walking prior and after they played on the ground.

BTW. anyone who has horses knows how the horses like to scratch their backs on the ground by rolling around. Typically in dirt.

RE: Confused...
By RufusM on 1/16/2013 5:01:28 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, this is clearly a bogus: Google kills Donkey report.

If the Google van/car had hit it, you would see damage to the donkey, probably blood and likely a big bump in the Street View. Hitting a donkey/deer/etc. with a vehicle isn't a minor thing.

RE: Confused...
By Motoman on 1/16/2013 5:30:39 PM , Rating: 3
BTW. anyone who has horses knows how the horses like to scratch their backs on the ground by rolling around. Typically in dirt.

...that's what I was posting about 7 minutes before your original post with the link.

RE: Confused...
By drycrust3 on 1/17/2013 7:51:23 AM , Rating: 3
If you backup the pictures you can see where another vehicle was going the other direction and you can see the donkey walking at that point.

Agree. As others have said, the correct side of the road to drive on in Botswana is the left, not the right.
Also, when you back up you can see dust in the air from the back of the Streetview car, but it isn't present when the car gets to the donkey, meaning the Streetview car driver had slowed down for the donkey.
Thus, if you view the entire thing as a driver on the left of the road, you will see a vehicle towing a trailer with a cloud of dust behind it, then the donkey lying on the ground, then, after passing it, you can see it standing up, and then dust from the rear of the Streetview car.
If you view it as a driver on the right, you will see dust coming out of the front of the Streetview car, then a donkey standing, then after passing it, the donkey lying down, and then a vehicle passing you being reversed at high speed, with a cloud of dust shooting out of the "front" of the trailer.

RE: Confused...
By piroroadkill on 1/17/2013 4:01:03 AM , Rating: 2
Yes. Indians drive on the left hand side of the road.
Therefore this car is approaching this donkey.
Clearly it hasn't been run over. Roadkill does not look completely intact, plump and normal.
What a bunch of ass!

RE: Confused...
By Vorastra on 1/17/2013 5:09:07 AM , Rating: 1
Morons, this happened in BOTSWANA.

The fact that you guys haven't read other sources really shows how sheep-like you all are.

Wait, what?
By Scootie on 1/16/2013 3:29:09 PM , Rating: 4
Is that a street?

RE: Wait, what?
By Netscorer on 1/16/2013 6:15:21 PM , Rating: 3
Most probably a boulevard or something...

RE: Wait, what?
By Argon18 on 1/17/2013 11:08:48 AM , Rating: 2
We take paving for granted. In much of the world, streets are little more than common thoroughfares, without any engineering work, and certainly no manufactured surface like asphalt or concrete.

Now that's what I call...
By quiksilvr on 1/16/2013 3:25:16 PM , Rating: 5
*puts on sunglasses*

A slow ASS news day.

...I'm here all week, folks.

RE: Now that's what I call...
By tat tvam asi on 1/16/2013 6:11:13 PM , Rating: 2
Google did not deny killing the Botswana donkey. But they were definite that they didn't kill the Indian donkey.

On point.
By Mumrik on 1/16/2013 3:35:19 PM , Rating: 3
It would be beautiful if somebody deleted my post and locked the comments. Those three say everything that needs to be said about this story.

RE: On point.
By TSS on 1/17/2013 11:07:16 PM , Rating: 2
Not true. I haven't seen anybody mention that the donkey was merely "Pining for the fjords".

... well ok, guess that's a wrap.

By othercents on 1/16/2013 4:00:25 PM , Rating: 3
If you look at the pictures?? Being a little over dramatic with the new article. If you watch the pictures from both directions you will see a car passed the Google Maps vehicle going the opposite direction and you can see the donkey standing in that frame. Then if you keep going the donkey falls down and plays in the dirt. After this the donkey gets up and walks away. So you have a donkey walking prior to the Google vehicle and after. The Google vehicle must be going really slow because they have a hard time catching up to a walking donkey.

Welcome to the donkey show.

RE: Really??
By geekman1024 on 1/16/2013 10:20:21 PM , Rating: 2
Yupe. The donkey is already lying on the road, the frame before the Google Car approach the donkey clearly shows that the donkey's hind legs are stretched (like, kicking in the air), and is retracted in the next frame (in India, cars drive on the left side, so this is not a rear view image).

That donkey is alive and LITERALLY KICKING!

Enough said.

The donkey is fine...
By Doh! on 1/16/2013 6:09:43 PM , Rating: 5
Google came out with a statement and additional pictures as proof:

what we have become
By Nortel on 1/16/2013 3:27:27 PM , Rating: 2
This is news?

RE: what we have become
By geekman1024 on 1/16/2013 10:11:40 PM , Rating: 2
well, sort of, I've never seen this on Facebook, yet.


By CZroe on 1/16/2013 3:46:02 PM , Rating: 4
"Last June the city of Bangalore kicked out the Street View cars for an interesting new reason. The city's police complained that Google's highly detailed images could be used by terrorists to help plan their attacks."

"New" reason? Come on! That was what was holding it up in many US cities when it first went public!

Speaking as an expert...
By Motoman on 1/16/2013 3:53:52 PM , Rating: 2
...of all things ass-related...well, OK, I own a horse ranch. All equines, and we've had donkeys here before...

If you showed me that picture, my first reaction was that you snapped a photo of a donkey in the process of rolling on it's back on the flat ground. Which is something that equines like to do on a regular basis. In fact, the texture of that road looks exactly like the sort of surface that equines prefer to use for their rolling shenanigans.

Also...if the Google car had hit the donkey, it probably would have been destroyed. The car, that, no longer drivable. I see nothing in that picture, like car tracks on the road or donkey, that suggests to me that the car rammed that ass.

RE: Speaking as an expert...
By geekman1024 on 1/16/2013 10:08:46 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, on the Google Car part.

In order to capture clear and steady images, the car cannot go too fast, I'll guess it's running at 40~50KM/h, so that it will not be causing traffic slowdown while on the road. That kind of speed would be hardly enough to kill a large animal such as a donkey, breaking a few ribs or a limb or two, maybe, but not killing it...

The car need to be at over 80KM/h to deal deadly injury, and that donkey surely won't be in one piece after such close encounter.

By Litzner on 1/18/2013 11:46:51 AM , Rating: 3
"Our Street View teams take the safety of people and donkeys very seriously." -Google

By gbk99 on 1/16/2013 3:50:15 PM , Rating: 2
"Some folks are upset" ...some folks are retarded and should have been spanked as kids so they don't grow up thinking their shit don't stink. google is stupid for acknowledging the existence of these morons.

By txDrum on 1/16/2013 7:28:55 PM , Rating: 2
That is all.

It's resting
By saf227 on 1/17/2013 12:11:13 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it's resting. Probably all tuckered out after a long squawk. Lovely colors.

By K1rkl4nd on 1/17/2013 6:17:26 AM , Rating: 2
Without graphic video evidence, are they sure Google didn't just tap that ass?

By Integral9 on 1/17/2013 8:59:38 AM , Rating: 2
Hey Google, did you tap that ass or what?

Why did the donkey cross the road?
By Tony Swash on 1/16/13, Rating: -1
By Camikazi on 1/17/2013 5:59:38 AM , Rating: 1
Good try but it's not funny and the donkey is alive.

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