Friday, August 20, 2010

Spain bull rampage | Bull injured 40 people in northern spain

Is this the red rag that set the bull off? Man in England shirt dives for safety as beast goes on rampage through Spanish crowd. At 9:48 AM on 20th August 2010

Resting his chin in his hands and enjoying the Spanish sun, this man in a red England shirt has no idea that he is about to come face to face with a rampaging, enraged beast.

Seconds later he is fleeing for his life as one bull leaps into the stands at a bullring and charges through the crowd.

At least 40 people were injured when the 1,100lb animal scaled the perimeter fence and tore through the crowd in Tafalla, Spain, sending spectators fleeing for their lives.
Spain bull rampageHmmm, that bull is starting to get a little close to the fence: The man in the England jersey, circled, watches the creature - seemingly oblivious to what is about to happen

Spain bull rampageOMG: The Lion comes face to face with 1,100 pounds of fury as the bull leaps over the perimeter fence. The England fan must have been able to feel the creature's hot breath in his face

Spain bull rampageIt's go time: Lucky for the fan, the bull stumbles over the fence - giving him an extra split second to leap up and flee

bull rampageI'm an England fan, get me out of here! The fan - who by now has lost his sunglasses - puts valuable feet between him and the bull

Among the injured was a ten-year-old boy, who was taken to hospital with serious stomach wounds. One man was gored in the back.

The incident happened during an event attended by about 3,500 spectators, in which contestants known as recortadores try to get a bull to charge at them so they can dodge it.

But the bull jumped out of the ring, clearing two barriers before landing in the stands and lurching through the screaming crowd, charging at everything it could.

He appeared to be taking particular aim at the man in the England jersey.

But, despite the phrase 'like a red rag to a bull', the animals are actually colour blind. When a matador waves his red cape in the ring, it is the movement, not the colour, that attracts the creature.

bull rampageToo close for comfort: The creature charges, leaving people with little room for escape

bull rampageFear: A man prepares to shield a young child from the advancing bull, blood visible on its horns (above and below)

rampage bull
rampage bullBrave: A man grabs the bull's tail in a vain attempt to control it

rampage bull in northern spainDistraction tactics A cape is thrown at the beast in an effort to distract it. The bull was caught and later lifted out of the ring with a crane and killed

One brave spectator even grabbed the bull by the tail in an attempt to slow it down. The animal had already tried to jump into the stands twice.

After damaging a horn, it was about to be returned to the corral and replaced with another bull when it tried a third time and succeeded.

The panic on Wednesday lasted for several minutes before handlers managed to rope the bull and bring it under control. It was later killed.

rampage bull in northern spainPanic at the bullring: Terrified onlookers flee for their lives after a bull leapt over a barrier and ran wild among spectators in Tafalla, Navarra, northern Spain


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