Egyptian farmer Ahmed Ayman, 14, rides his trained donkey as he jumps over a barrier in the Nile Delta village of Al-Arid about 150 kilometers north of Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Jumping donkey leaps to fame
February 12, 2016
A donkey has leapt to fame in a small Egyptian village. The animal has defied her species' well-known stubbornness and is jumping hurdles on command.
Ahmed Ayman is a 14-year-old farmer. He lives in the Nile Delta north of Cairo. He discovered his donkey's natural talent when she leapt over an irrigation canal one day. So he decided to train her. "We got a very small barrier. And then would make it higher and higher each day," he said.
Now the two perform in front of crowds of gleeful children from their village of al-Arid. Ayman urges the donkey on. Then she leaps over a homemade wooden barrier in the style of an equestrian. A cousin has posted pictures of the feat online. The images have been spreading through social media.
Donkeys are a fixture of daily life in rural Egypt. They are used for transportation or to haul goods. They can often be seen in Cairo and other major cities. But it's rare to see a donkey gallop, much less go airborne.
"I have never seen a jumping donkey before. We even tried it with another donkey and when it reached the barrier, it stopped," said Abdel-Moneim Sayed. He is Ayman's uncle. "A donkey is very stubborn. If he knows that he cannot pass a barrier, he will not even try, no matter what you do."
Ayman dreams of one day jumping horses. But he says he would never part with his donkey, even for a huge sum of money, "because she can jump. And I love her."
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