Ever see Googlers in sheep’s clothing?

Those zany madcaps over at Google have been having WAY too much fun lately.

What kind of fun? The kind you have when you get to strap Google’s high-tech street-view cameras to some of the 70,000 sheep wandering around the Faroe Islands, a self-governing archipelago that’s part of the Kingdom of Denmark.

We’d mentioned here last month that some folks up in the Faroes apparently felt it was time to street-view the heck out of their lonely 18 rocky islands in the middle of nowhere:

Living across 18 tiny sub-polar islands in the north Atlantic, Faroe islanders are used to working in difficult conditions. So tired of waiting for Google Street View to come and map the roads, causeways and bridges of the archipelago, a team has set up its own mapping project – Sheep View 360. With the help of a local shepherd and a specially built harness built by a fellow islander, Durita Dahl Andreassen of Visit Faroe Islands has fitted five of the island’s sheep with a 360-degree camera. As the sheep walk and graze around the island, the pictures are sent back to Andreassen with GPS coordinates, which she then uploads to Google Street View.

Well, apparently Google liked the idea so much that it jumped into the project with all four woolly feet, according to its blog. (But first a warning: the blogger has never met a pun he didn’t like!) So when the Faroese decided to “document the country for Street View, sheep weren’t a baaad place to start.”

When we herd about the Sheep View project, we thought it was shear brilliance. So we decided to help the Faroese by supplying them with a Street View trekker and 360 cameras via our Street View camera loan program. Last week, the Google Maps team arrived in the Faroe Islands to help train and equip the local community to capture even more (but slightly less woolly) Street View imagery.

Here’s what the sheep saw:

And the rest is (recent) history. Google supplied the islanders with special equipment, including the company’s 360 cameras. Not only were the cameras to be used by residents and tourists keen on collecting Street View imagery, using selfie sticks, bikes, horses and even wheelbarrows, but they were strapped onto sheep to get an up-close-and-personal panorama of their beautiful land. How beautiful? Have a gander:

Google is using the offbeat project to publicize its camera-rental program. So “if your hometown or favorite hiking trail hasn’t made it into Google Maps yet, grab your own 360 camera or apply to borrow one from us through our Street View camera loan program. We’re excited to see what ewe map!”

And we’re excited to have the pun fest come to a prompt finale.

 

Above: Screen grab of YouTube video uploaded by Olamann (Google)

 

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