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.
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.
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.
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.
Ayman and his donkey in motion.
The special donkey and Ayman go airborne.
Image: Egyptian Donkey Jumping Crowd
Gleeful children applaud the duo.
Villagers gather to watch the performance. Ayman said he dreams of jumping horses one day.
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.