Was a ‘Super Rabbit’ Hit by a Google Maps Street View Car?

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In late April 2021, TikTok user @googlemapsfun posted a video of a purported “super rabbit,” which appeared to be a hare, caught on a Google Maps Street View camera. The TikTok channel, which concentrates on interesting finds in Google Earth, was viewed 43 million times in its one to two weeks.

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♬ suono originale – Federico Marci🔥

It shows the animal, which was identified as a “super rabbit” in the video, appearing to be upright and soaring through the air like a superhero.

Absent from the video and most of the comments was information regarding where this happened. We also sought out to learn what happened to the animal.

Finding the Location

The TikTok video provided only one solid clue: the street name. “Biała Droga” was displayed on the ground. This led us to Poland.

We found the location at these coordinates: 49°55’04.5″N 19°56’13.3″E (if those don’t work in a specific mapping application, they can be input into Google Maps: 49.9179269,19.9370267).

The incident appeared to have occurred right around Biała Droga 2-6, 32-040 Olszowice, Poland.

Did the Animal Survive?

Looking at the sequence of 360-degree pictures frame-by-frame showed more than the TikTok video revealed.

First, in the initial photograph the animal was moving toward the road:

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A TikTok video showed a hare or super rabbit launching into the air after being hit by a Google Maps Street View car in Poland also on Google Earth.

 

Heading directly onto the roadway.

In the next picture, it appeared to have been hit by the front side of the car, perhaps the bumper:

A TikTok video showed a hare or super rabbit launching into the air after being hit by a Google Maps Street View car in Poland also on Google Earth.

 

It’s unclear what speed the car was traveling at.

It then showed up on the other side of the car:

A TikTok video showed a hare or super rabbit launching into the air after being hit by a Google Maps Street View car in Poland also on Google Earth.

 

The nature of how the 360-degree camera captures photographs is why the animal looks stretched in this view.

The fourth frame is the moment that was seen in the video, which the TikTok user dubbed “super rabbit.”

For it to get this high and not be a glitch, the animal might have hit the front bumper and then the windshield, launching it into the sky. However, there isn’t enough evidence to say for certain how it ended up this high in the air:

A TikTok video showed a hare or super rabbit launching into the air after being hit by a Google Maps Street View car in Poland also on Google Earth.

 

“Super rabbit,” as claimed in the TikTok video.

The animal’s limbs might have been limp in the fifth photograph as it tossed around in the air:

Was a ‘Super Rabbit’ Hit by a Google Maps Street View Car?

 

The animal’s shadow appeared on the road in a few of the pictures.

A pixelation problem was visible in the next picture, but the animal appeared to be upside down as it fell to land on the ground:

Was a ‘Super Rabbit’ Hit by a Google Maps Street View Car?

 

The animal’s head appears to be upside down here.

In the seventh and final frame in which the animal was visible, it looked like it landed on its head or back. Its legs were pointing up:

Was a ‘Super Rabbit’ Hit by a Google Maps Street View Car?

 

It’s unclear if the hare or rabbit survived the incident.

No more evidence was available, as the animal didn’t appear in the next picture as the car continued to drive away.

Coverage on Reddit

Readers looking to find discussion about the strange moment on Google Maps Street View should look no further than Reddit. The pictures have appeared on Reddit a seemingly endless amount of times in the past.

The Reddit threads had varying titles. Some examples included “Magic bunny,” “Rabbit getting hit by google maps car,” “flying rabbit caught on google maps!,” and “Hare runs across the road in front of Google Maps car.”

In sum, according to photos from a Google Maps Street View car, the vehicle hit what appeared to be a hare and launched it into the air. It’s unclear if it survived, as it was last visible landing on its back.

Author: Jordan Liles
This post originally appeared on Snopes.com


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