Google Street View Discovers Mysterious ‘Horse-Boy’ – Who Is It?

By Jamie Pert - Jun 24, 2010

Google Street View has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, but for those who have used Street View to look around Aberdeen, you may have stumbled upon a rather strange looking character.

Mystery is currently surrounding a man wearing a horse’s head around the Hardgate area of the city, and has become a popular go-to-point using the Google service which uses photographs pieced together to make a map of the streets.

Only known as ‘horse-boy,’ the man is wearing dark trousers, a purple shirt and a brown and white horse’s head.

The identity of ‘horse-boy’ is unknown, but many users have apparently emailed and blogged the BBC news website stating that they know who it is.

Numerous reports have also said that they have seen ‘horse-boy’ all around the globe, but others have written in to say that it is just a publicity stunt.

Mike Coates wrote in to the BBC, and has said “If you go down the road and turn back you can see him putting on the horse head and on the shot back up the road again he has white hair.”

Who is ‘horse-boy’?

Source: BBC News

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  • Pete

    The horse boy has even been seen on the streets of Stockholm in Sweden and been filmed in this clip.
    Check out the video:

  • john smith

    i know exactly who it is its john smith who lives on my road!!! he likes horses!!!!

  • whatever

    Maybe he wants to come forward and identify himself but can't pick the phone up due to him feeling a little horse at the moment !!!. " i know ", " silly joke but hey !!! " it takes all sorts .. lol

  • I don't know who it is but I'll grab a bit of that free publicity thank you!!! I run horse riding camps for disadvantaged children under the new name of PaNash Adventures, (I used to organise and run them under the name 'horseboy' camps.) Website not up yet but will be in the next few weeks, in the mean time contact me at if you want to find out more! Thanks purple jumpered man 🙂