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, 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 (34)
  • jessenias-pel
    2/18/2016 - 02:06 p.m.

    Because there are donkeys that do not gallop.especially donkeys.

  • averyd-ver
    2/22/2016 - 01:10 p.m.

    The donkey is such a popular attraction because most donkeys are really stubborn and don't do what you tell them to do.He trained his donkey to jump and everyone is really surprised that he could train a really stubborn species.

  • caitlynk-2-bar
    2/23/2016 - 12:32 a.m.

    This donkey is such a popular attraction because in Egypt donkeys are just a working animal, and because,"(...) it's rare to see a donkey gallop, much less go airborne." This donkey became such a popular attraction because no one thought it was possible. This article was surprising because I had no idea that any donkey could even jump, but apparently they can. This article was interesting because it proved that if you work at something you can achieve it.

  • charliet-orv
    2/23/2016 - 03:01 p.m.

    Because donkeys are stubborn and it is rare for a donkey to do this then.

  • ryanh-ver
    2/24/2016 - 06:46 p.m.

    One of a kind donkey. Can't believe he is able to jump over it when others usually stop.

  • sofiat-4-bar
    2/25/2016 - 10:15 p.m.

    This donkey is such a popular attraction because it has a talent that most people don't see every day. People mainly just use donkeys for farming or at petting zoo's " but it's rare to see a donkey gallop, much less go airborne." This dokey is trained and chalenged by its owners every day. This donkey doesnt do the usual farm work. Find it interesting that this donkey can jump so high.

  • Steve0620-yyca
    2/27/2016 - 05:14 p.m.

    I think that it is cool that the fourteen year-old farmer named Ahmed Ayman has become famous because of his donkey. He lives in a village of al-Arid. His donkey is a popular attraction because it can jump over barriers which most donkeys don't do. When he tried it with another donkey, it just stopped when reaching it. I didn't know that donkeys don't really jump that much. I think that the farmer's love for his donkey will never fade away and that they will be really close. Many people go to the boy and watch him riding his donkey who jumps over barriers.

  • coled-fel
    3/11/2016 - 02:33 p.m.

    CTQ: The thing that makes this donkey such a popular attraction is that she can jump like no other donkey, and she is not stubborn like most other ones.

  • garretta-fel
    3/11/2016 - 02:33 p.m.

    The thing that makes this donkey a popular attraction is that most donkeys don't go airborne, so this donkey is one of a kind.

  • haleyd1-fel
    3/11/2016 - 02:34 p.m.

    The donkey is such a popular attraction because most donkeys are really stubborn and don't do what you tell them to do.He trained his donkey to jump and everyone is really surprised that he could train a really stubborn spieces.

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