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Jumping Donkey Leaps to Fame in Egyptian Village

A donkey has leapt to fame in a small Egyptian village by defying her species' well-known stubbornness and jumping hurdles on command.

Egyptian farmer, Ahmed Ayman, 14, rides his trained donkey as he jumps over a barrier in Al-Arid, about 93 miles north of Cairo, Egypt on Feb. 5, 2016.

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Ayman measures the height of a homemade wooden barrier before he starts his daily donkey equestrian-style training. He trains the female donkey by raising the barrier a bit higher each day and urging her to jump over the hurdles with a wooden baton.

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Ayman feeds the donkey before they start their daily jump training.

Donkeys are a fixture of daily life in rural Egypt, where they are used for transportation or to haul goods.

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Ayman and the donkey during a training session.

Donkeys are usually known for their stubbornness, so It's rare to see them gallop, much less go airborne. Ayman discovered the donkey's talent after she jumped over a small irrigation canal and decided to train her after the feat.

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Ayman and his donkey in motion.

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The special donkey and Ayman go airborne.

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Gleeful children applaud the duo.

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Villagers gather to watch the performance. Ayman said he dreams of jumping horses one day.

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The sun sets behind Ayman and his donkey.

He says that he would never part with his donkey, even for a huge sum of money, "because she can jump, and I love her."

Read more about this unique donkey here.

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