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Owners believe dog seen from space

Boris's owner Louise Bell said he was a "gentle giant"

A family from Dorset thought their dog ranked along with the Great Wall of China as being visible from space when they spotted the pet on Google Earth.

Fourteen-stone bull mastiff, Boris, was snapped lounging in the garden, when his owners wanted to see if they could spot their Bournemouth home.

They assumed the picture was taken from hundreds of miles up in space.

But Google Earth said the picture was actually taken by a plane - just a few hundred feet up.

Boris's owner Louise Bell said: "We are slightly disappointed, we thought Boris would go alongside the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids as being visible from space, but it's still amazing.

"It all came about because my husband was seeing if we were on the map and zoomed in and there's Boris on the front lawn.

"He is a gentle giant but the vet says he is healthy, we just call him a big boned chap."

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