Leaping Bull

Terror as raging bull charges into spectators

A BULL leapt out of the arena at a bullring in northern Spain overnight and charged into a crowd of terrified spectators, injuring 30 people, Spanish media said.

Daily Telegraph

Spanish television showed dramatic images of screaming spectators, including children, frantically trying to avoid the animal after it hurdled a security barrier that surrounds the arena as well as a fence and clambered up the crowded stands.

The incident occurred Wednesday evening local time in the bullring in the town of Tafalla, in the Navarra region. Some 30 people were injured, the local Diario de Navarra newspaper said.

Most suffered cuts and bruises or shock, but one man was gored in the back and a 10-year-old boy was being examined at a hospital in the nearby town of Pamplona after suffering multiple bruises.

Several employees of the bullring finally managed to get control of the bull after about 15 minutes. It was killed and removed by a crane.

“I was terrified. I ran out of the stadium, crying,” one young woman told Basque television.

The incident did not take place during a traditional bullfight but during a contest of “recortadores,” in which participants try to avoid the bull while staying as close to it as possible.

The incident came amid intense debate in Spain over the centuries-old tradition of bullfighting.

The northeastern region of Catalonia last month became the first part of mainland Spain to ban the practice.

And in a recent opinion poll, 60 percent of Spaniards said they do not like the spectacle, which ends with the death of the bull from a well-placed sword.

3 thoughts on “Leaping Bull”

  1. They should have freed it instead of killing it, in acknowledgement of its having stood up against such a dark ages barbaric practice.
    I’m a meat eater and unapologetic fisherman; still, I believe that any one who not only gratuitously kills, but first torments and tortures a lower animal is a sick, adequacy challenged bedwetter; I always root for the bull. Those rubberneck losers who were injured got exactly what they deserved.

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