Jumping donkey leaps to fame 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
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A donkey has leapt to fame in a small Egyptian village by defying her species' well-known stubbornness and jumping hurdles on command.
 
Ahmed Ayman, a 14-year-old farmer living in the Nile Delta north of Cairo, discovered his donkey's natural talent when she leapt over an irrigation canal one day, and 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 and she leaps over a homemade wooden barrier in the style of an equestrian. A cousin has posted pictures of the feat online, which have been spreading through social media.
 
Donkeys are a fixture of daily life in rural Egypt, where they are used for transportation or to haul goods, and 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, 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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  • ShawnaWeiser-Ste
    2/22/2016 - 08:42 p.m.

    The donkey is such a popular attraction because she has broken the unwritten rule that donkeys are stubborn. She now can jump hurdles on the command of her fourteen year old trainer named Ahmed Ayman.

  • TaylorSeifert-Ste
    3/06/2016 - 03:51 p.m.

    I love this! Ahmed Ayman and his donkey have proven that even when someone, or in this case a certain animal, lives by the beliefs of society or those around them, they still have power within themselves to break away from what others believe that should do or what others think they can and cannot accomplish.

  • kbeatty-cel
    3/09/2016 - 10:31 a.m.

    This could lead to a new sport possibly. Donkeys and horses may eventually compete together if donkeys are able to be trained to do more than what is expected. It is a huge attraction because people that know donkeys also know how stubborn they can be.

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