A scene captured by a Google Street View vehicle in Kweneng, Botswana, that went viral Monday seems to show the car hitting and possibly killing a donkey on the road.
But Google has a different version of the incident and insists the animal is fine.
“Our Street View teams take the safety of people and donkeys very seriously,” Google said in a statement. “A review of our imagery confirms that we did not cause any harm to the donkey.”
To prove its innocence, Google provided Australian news website News.com.au with additional images captured by the Streetview vehicle. Google, however, did not give the news website permission to publish the images.
According to the News.com.au report, Google says its car drove up to the donkey while it was lying on the dirt road, and as the vehicle got close, the animal got up and walked away.
The scene that has gone viral shows it in reverse, making it look like the car struck the donkey before the animal is shown on the ground, Google contends.