Donkeys schlep Wi-Fi into Bible theme park

Hee-haw! Kfar Kedem, a theme park in Northern Israel that re-creates life 2,000 years ago, gives its donkeys a decidedly 21st century kick.

Donkeys meet digital at the Kfar Kedem bible theme park in Hoshaya, Israel. Kfar Kedem

At the Village of Yore in Northern Israel, visitors can "ride the rolling hills as Abraham rode them" and "take in the scents that Jacob smelled tending Laban's flocks." Thanks to the newly-Wi-Fi-enabled donkeys roaming the grounds of the Bible theme park, they can also partake in that popular second-century activity of uploading photos to Facebook and Twitter.

The park, called Kfar Kedem in Hebrew and located in the Galilee region of Northern Israel, offers a reenactment of ancient Judean life. Visitors can don traditional Rebecca-style robes and headdresses, recline in rustic shepherds' tents, shear sheep, spin wool, and ride donkeys that now double as wireless hot spots.

Aware that modern folk like to share their chaffing photos in real time, park managers decided to expand Internet access beyond the visitor's center by stashing wireless routers in side pockets of the asses' saddles.

"Our village has 30 donkeys, and we've equipped the first five with wireless routers that are attached to the donkey's body," park manager Goldberg told The Times of Israel in a story marvelously headlined "Internet for those who won't get off their asses." Goldberg also shared the bray-king news that "in the future we'll consider equipping all of the donkeys with the necessary apparatuses as necessary."

And there you hoof it.

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