The matador doesn’t always win.
Well-known Spanish bullfighter Franscisco ‘Paquirri’ Rivera Ordonez was taken to hospital on Wednesday after coming off second against a bull.
Paquirri was said to be in a serious, but stable, condition after being gored in the groin during a bullfight in Huesca, north-eastern Aragon.
The bulls horn was said to have sunk 25 centimetres into Pacquirri’s groin, but had missed his vital organs.
Footage of the fight went viral as the bull impaled Pacquirri on one of its horns and hoisted him into the air for a few seconds.
Pacquirri’s father, of the same name, also a bullfighter, was gored to death in Andalusia in 1984. While Paquirri’s grandfather, Antonio Ordonez, was reputed to be one of the greatest bullfighters in history.
But deaths from bulls don’t just come in the ring.
On Sunday a man who was using his mobile phone to film a bull run through the streets of Villaseca de la Sagra, in central Spain, was gored in the neck. He died very quickly in front of horrified onlookers.