A video has captured the moment a 54-year-old man is singled out and gored to death by an enraged bull during a festival in Spain.
The shocking footage shows the unidentified man desperately fighting for his life at the St. Pere festival, in Grao de Castellon on the east coast of Spain.
Other revelers are seen pulling the ferocious bull by the tail in an attempt to distract him from his target.
However, the bull has zeroed in on the man and attacks him relentlessly around the town square. At one point, the man is sent flying through the air.
The victim is seen trying to get away from his attacker, but is overcome and eventually collapses from his injuries.
He was pronounced dead in hospital early on Sunday morning, despite the doctors’ desperate efforts to save him.
Following the tragedy, the local authorities suspended the week-long festival and announced that there would be three days of mourning, with flags flying at half mast as a tribute.
1. A shocking video captured by an onlooker shows a 54-year-old local man being gored to death by a bull at the St. Pere festival in Grao de Castellon, on the east coast of Spain.
That was the third fatality at a bull festival in just the last 10 days.
The tragic series began on June 24, when Martin Caballero, 43, was gored three times by a fighting bull and died of his injuries at a festival in Coria, in the western province of Caceres near Spain’s border with Portugal.
Images showed the bull, named Guapeton — Spanish for handsome boy — throwing the victim up in the air after his horn reached through the gap in a protective barrier and slashed through his abdomen and chest.
An 80-year-old man died on the very same day in hospital after he was gored twice by a bull who had fireworks attached to his horns during a festival in the eastern Spanish province of Tarragona.
2. Other revelers rushed to help the man, attempting to distract the bull by pulling on his tail.
Yet, despite the casualties, support for bull festivals remains strong in Spain.
A week ago, Isabel Martin, the new mayor of Paiporta, near Valencia, received death threats on Facebook over her local government’s announcement that it would no longer support celebrations involving bulls. One of the messages read:
If she takes our bulls away, I’ll kill her.
Spain’s best-known bull festival, the San Fermines, started in the northern city of Pamplona on Monday.
3. The man can be seen staggering away from the attack after being thrown against a tree, but he died from his injuries in hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning.
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