Even before Google released these pictures, it was pretty obvious from the Street View imagery that the donkey was lying on the ground before the Street View car approached and was standing to the side after the Street View car passed by. If you move back far enough in the Street View imagery, you can see another vehicle that drives past the standing donkey. After that vehicle's dust trail dissipates, you can see the donkey lying on the ground. Then, the Street View car approaches. Next, you see the donkey standing to the side of the road as the Street View car passes. Finally, you see the donkey continue to stand on the side of the road as the Street View car drives away from it.

It was an overactive imagination, combined with a desire to find controversy in everything, that fueled this ridiculous story in the first place.
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