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A farmyard friend looked just like a pig in muck as the Google maps cameras came to call. No ordinary cute pink piglet, this particular fun-loving mammal was in fact a man dressed up in a full head mask with beady eyes and a neon snout. Its appearance was rather realistic, with two ears poking out from the top of his head and a leering look. The cheeky chap had chosen the perfect place to play dress up, standing in front of a variety of meat-themed cushions in his shop in Warsaw, Poland.

Initially, the scenes appeared just like those in a butchers shop, with prime cuts of best pork behind the counter and on the walls.

On closer inspection, they proved to be the homeware accessories, with the store also selling a variety of quirky products.

T-shirts and logo bags lined the walls while the floor featured an eye popping monochrome design.

Not content with his pig posing behind the counter, he then moved to the shop door.

He could be seen clutching the door as he peered the mask around the frame.

It was then his grey hoodie, jeans and trainers came into full view, revealed he had not fully committed to dressing like the animal.

The owner then hot-trotted it to the back of the shop, to take a peek out of the shop’s store room.

It is unclear whether the retailer regularly dresses in character, or it was just a one-off.

Nevertheless, it provided many laughs for those witnessing his antics on the cameras.

A real-life animal who did not fare so well recently was also captured by the team.

A donkey was caught talking a stroll down a dusty desert path, in what must be a daily occurrence. He was seen trotting down the road in the middle of Botswana with no other living presence bar some trees on either side. The grey farmyard mammal looked to be perfectly content in his own company, taking its time to walk down the road.

Yet its tranquil outing was somewhat disrupted by the arrival of the cameras.

It was tracked cantering down the road before falling straight to the floor, in what looked to be an accident.

The donkey was seen lying on the dirt track on his right side, with its tail flailing around.

It is unclear what caused the sudden shift to the floor, though it could be because the arrival of the cameras had spooked it.

Hopefully it made a speedy recovery and its collapse did not prove fatal, though the outcome is as yet unknown.

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