Google has answered a query that had been consuming the blogosphere for 24 hours: why did the donkey lie down on the road?
The speculation began when an image of a donkey lying on its side in the middle of a dirt road in the Kweneng region of Botswana emerged on Google Street View. Then @TheRealSheldonCooper tweeted his suspicions about the photo to his 149,500 followers.
After a social media uproar, Google addressed the controversy on its Google Maps blog on Wednesday. In a post entitled "Never ass-ume", Kei Kawai, group product manager for Google Maps provided photographic evidence that the donkey got up and walked away after the above image was taken.
So what was the donkey doing? Kawai speculated that the donkey was taking a dust bath.
This isn't the first time Google has posted a provocative image on Street View. Past sightings include an apparently headless man, a guy getting arrested and what looks like a beam from outer space. Steve Jobs was also apparently spotted in a Street View image as well.
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