Bambi vs Google: Worse than Godzilla

Everybody remembers what happened when Bambi met Godzilla; Now we see what happens when Bambi meets Google Street view. The controversial service is considered by some to be a threat to privacy; who knew that it could also be a threat to wildlife.

These images actually went up as part of streetview before they were taken down by Google, who is open and apologetic:

Gathering the imagery for Street View requires quite a bit of driving; as such, we take safety very seriously. Unfortunately, accidents do happen -- as some people have noticed, one of our Street View cars hit a deer while driving on a rural road in upstate New York. Due to several user requests using the "Report a concern" tool, these images are no longer available in Street View.

The driver was understandably upset, and promptly stopped to alert the local police and the Street View team at Google. The deer was able to move and had left the area by the time the police arrived. The police explained to our driver that, sadly, this was not an uncommon occurrence in the region -- the New York State Department of Transportation estimates that 60,000-70,000 deer collisions happen per year in New York alone -- and no police report needed to be filed.....We're sad that this accident occurred and we consider ourselves fortunate that our driver was not injured.

via Next Nature. Documentation of previous interactions:


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