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)
  • cassandraw-jen
    2/22/2016 - 02:38 p.m.

    what makes the donkey such a popular attraction is that some people have never seen a jumping donkey and it probably amazes them

  • kenziel-hol
    2/22/2016 - 07:46 p.m.

    I think that's really cool because if donkey's a stubborn how come this donkey is not stubborn.

  • bellag-kut
    2/23/2016 - 08:49 a.m.

    donkeys are usually annoying and loud but not this one he can jump so high I think he this will influence other young teenagers to do amazing things.

  • tylers-2-coo
    2/23/2016 - 09:07 a.m.

    This donkey is such a popular attraction because it jumps over stuff and no one saw anything like that. no one new that donkeys can jump.

  • ceairahf-coo
    2/23/2016 - 09:17 a.m.

    The donkey is such a popular attraction because not all donkeys can jump.

  • austint-coo
    2/23/2016 - 09:19 a.m.

    This Donkey is special because he can jump. Most amazing discovery ever. wwoooh. In egypt they use donkeys for transportation and carrying inventory. Donkeys are really stubborn so it's cool that it will do stuff for people and entertain them.

  • mackenzieb-coo
    2/23/2016 - 10:32 a.m.

    I have never heard of a jumping donkey before. every time I see one they are vary stubborn. it would be vary cool if we could see it in person.

  • susieo-coo-coo
    2/23/2016 - 10:37 a.m.

    This donkey is a popular attraction because it is very uncommon to see a donkey jump. Also, a donkey is actually known to be stubborn then to be able to be jumping over things like hurdles. Another thing is how can a donkey go from stubborn to being able to be active for a talent of jumping?

  • GigiSylvester-Ste
    2/23/2016 - 11:12 a.m.

    I've heard of horses that race having to jump over stuff, but never a donkey. I think its pretty cool that this kid trained his donkey to jump over things.

  • virginiae-
    2/23/2016 - 11:12 a.m.

    Determination and mainly being a donkey made her (the donkey's name is not mentioned) so popular, because her species are very stubborn and galloping is something you wouldn't see another random donkey do.

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