Cow’s Face Blurred on Google Street View

September 16, 2016 Updated: September 16, 2016
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Google’s Street View blurred the face of a cow in England—receiving the same treatment as humans for privacy purposes.

The image of the blurry bovine was tweeted by The Guardian’s David Shariatmadari. The image was taken at Coe Fen, Cambridge, near a waterway as the cow was grazing. Another cow near that one wasn’t blurred.

From further away, Google Street View doesn’t block out the cow’s face.

“Great to see Google takes cow privacy seriously,” Shariatmadari wrote.

A Google Streetview screenshot shows the cow before its face is blurred (Google Streetview)
A Google Streetview screenshot shows the cow before its face is blurred (Google Street View)

A spokesman from Google responded to the image, telling The Independent: “We thought you were pulling the udder one when we herd the moos, but it’s clear that that our automatic face-blurring technology has been a little overzealous.”

“Of course, we don’t begrudge this cow milking its five minutes of fame,” the spokesman quipped.

The tweet has been shared and liked more than 10,000 times.

Since Google Street View was launched in 2007, the firm has sent cars mounted with special cameras around the globe to map streets and landscapes.

Google uses software to automatically blur the faces of people and license plates amid privacy concerns.

It’s not immediately clear why the cow’s face was blurred.