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 is a 14-year-old farmer living 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 and 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, 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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COMMENTS (69)
  • paulo-hol
    2/19/2016 - 06:42 p.m.

    That was very neat that he said that would not give him up even for all lot of money.

  • jilliand-3-bar
    2/20/2016 - 01:04 a.m.

    Since it is very rare to see a donkey jump, it is a popular attraction. Donkeys are very stubborn animals and "are used for transportation or to haul goods". People are amazed to see this donkey and have tried to train other donkeys too. Ayman's uncle said "We even tried it with another donkey and when it reached the barrier, it stopped". I did not know that people are so amazed to see a jumping donkey and I would not think pictures would be all over the internet about it.

  • joyah-
    2/21/2016 - 05:34 p.m.

    The fact that the donkey can jump over hurdles and is not stubborn is why this donkey is such a popular attraction. In the text is states that "A donkey has leapt to fame...by defying her species' well-known stubbornness and jumping hurdles on command." Also donkeys jumping on command ( or doing anything on command) is very rare. In the text it states that "I have never seen a jumping donkey before. We even tried it with another donkey and when it reached the barrier, it stopped," This is the reason why I think that the donkey is such a popular attraction.

  • ellieh-
    2/21/2016 - 06:05 p.m.

    This donkey is so popular due to its ability to take commands and jump when told to. Donkeys are known to be stubborn and this is a very rare feat for this animal.

  • avantm-wes
    2/22/2016 - 09:03 a.m.

    The donkey is such a huge attraction because people have never seen a jumping donkey before and it jumps hertals thats why the donkey is such a huge attraction.

  • chyannec-wes
    2/22/2016 - 09:17 a.m.

    what makes this donkey such a popular attraction ? he can jump and the othes cant becuse thay thank its becouse tay are stubern.

  • briannec-ste
    2/22/2016 - 01:28 p.m.

    I always thought that donkeys were just small horses. I always thought that they could do everything a horse could do.

  • landonp-
    2/22/2016 - 02:19 p.m.

    His donkey is a rare type of donkey. His donkey is popular because it can do hurdles. That makes it one of the most popular donkeys out there.

  • zoef-wes
    2/22/2016 - 02:31 p.m.

    The donkey is so popular because it can jump and leap. Most donkeys can't do that. And she seems so friendly. Everybody would die to have a friendly jumping donkey.

  • myas-wes
    2/22/2016 - 02:32 p.m.

    The donkey is so popular because of her amazing ability to jump hurdles and his owner says his donkey learned this by jumping over an irrigation.

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