Google went on record to deny reports that one of its Google Maps Street View cars hit and killed a donkey in the Kweneng region of Botswana. Seriously, we’re not kidding: the story got big enough that the company actually had to waste resources dispelling the speculation.

It all started with this tweet on Monday from Dr. Sheldon Cooper @TheRealSheldonC:

I think Google street view ran over a donkey in Botswana

Yet we only saw the story today, written up by and republished by Fox News.  Here’s the relevant part:

The Google Maps image reveals a puff of dust flying up from the injured donkey, suggesting that the image must have captured the donkey as it was falling rather than just lying on the road. Further evidence — when you zoom past the donkey, you will find it standing by the road, uninjured. Commentators claim it is possible that the Google Street View car ran over the donkey and the shot of it lying on the roadside was captured by the rear-facing camera.