A Street View image of a donkey on the side of a dirt road went viral this week, prompting viewers to question whether Google's vehicle had hurt the animal.
The Mountain View company issued a statement saying its vehicle did not run over the animal, but that didn't satisfy conspiracy theorists. Their doubts seem to have prompted Google to release evidence to back up its story.
"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," said Kei Kawa, a group project manager for Google Maps.
The new pictures, posted on the Google Maps blog under the title "Never ass-ume," show an extended view of the incident as it took place. Unlike those on Google Maps, these pictures also show parts of the Street View car, and the vehicle doesn't come close to touching the donkey in any of the pictures.