Here I am writing about Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls festival yet again — for the third time in a single week. But this is so thrilling, if shockingly gory, that I just can’t help it. And, by the way, those among you with easily upset stomachs could be well advised not to scroll down!
So, three more people — two Australians and a Spaniard — were gored by an angry bull named Olivito during the final running of the bulls before the festival ended. Luckily, all of them have survived Olivito’s rage, but are now recovering in hospital.
As you are about to witness in the chilling images below, the 1,300lb Olivito separated himself from the pack of bulls, singled out three runners, the two Australians and a Spaniard whom I mentioned, pinned them against the walls and barriers and proceeded to gore them.
San Fermin spokeswoman Lucinda Poole said the first victim’s condition (one of the Australians) was “grave”. He had suffered injuries to his chest, abdomen and left thigh. She added:
He is being operated on in traumatology in the hospital complex and they say the condition is grave, which translated to English probably means extremely serious.
The other Australian man, known as J.M., from Grenfell in New South Wales, was gored in the right thigh, but is said to be doing well and is scheduled to be released from hospital. The Spaniard victim was also gored three times. (Scroll down for the videos.)
1. A Miura fighting bull gores a runner, believed to be a 26-year-old Australian, through the thigh during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona.
2. One of the bulls broke away from the others and charged several runners, lifting two of them off the ground on its horns and ripping through their legs.
3. The bull attacked the man with such ferocity that he sent bits of wall flying as he rammed the helpless participant.
4. The bull attacked the man with such ferocity that he sent bits of wall flying as he rammed the helpless participant.
5. The bull set his attention on this one reveler, who stood little chance against its mighty horns.
6. This runner was particularly unfortunate as the bull managed to put its horn straight through his leg.
7. The 26-year-old ran at the first chance he got, but not before the bull thrust one of its horns through his left thigh, tearing off a large chunk of flesh
8. The man managed to escape and he was pictured running with a severe injury to his left thigh.
9. But the bull again caught the man and pinned him to a barrier as others tried to ward him off.
10. Finally, with the help of a few police officers, the man managed to get behind the fence where he was promptly taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries.
11. The bull would not give up its hunt for the man who had so infuriated it and continued ramming him against the fence.
12. There were spine-chilling moments when one bull separated from the pack and charged three runners, pinning them against walls and barriers while trying to gore them.
13. Hundreds of people dashed alongside the herd of bulls through the cobblestone streets of Pamplona in Monday’s eighth run.
14. Several men have already been gored by bulls during this year’s festival but Monday’s run, the eighth and last, was particularly brutal.
15. Spanish media said over the weekend that Pamplona police were looking for a young man who was seen trying to get a dangerous ‘selfie’ photo of himself on his phone as he ran inches in front of the bulls.
16. The fiesta dates back to the 13th century and was depicted in Ernest Hemingway’s novel ‘The Sun Also Rises’.
And here are the videos:
Source: The Daily Mail.
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