In Valencia, Spain a bullfighter was mauled by a bull when he went face to face with the animal during a training fight.
Rookie Jesus Chover was left with two gruesome injuries when the 1,500-lb. animal rammed him into the ground and gored his back and arm, causing two deep gashes.
Chover suffered from a 20-cm. cut in his back and a 12-cm. cut in his arm, as well as multiple other minor injuries that led to his being rushed to a local hospital.
In the beginning of his routine, Chover got down on his knees and held out a red rag to the right side of his body.
The bull ran toward the flag but sidestepped to his left and headed straight for the kneeling amateur.
From his kneeling position, Chover was unable to move quickly enough and the animal smashed into him. From there, he was dragged, stomped upon, and gored relentlessly by the bull.
Eventually, support staff was able to clear the ring.
Watch the horrific incident below — Warning: Graphic:
Bullfighting is a physical contest that generally involves humans attempting to publicly subdue, immobilise, or kill a bull, usually according to a set of rules, guidelines, or cultural expectations. Although people commonly think of Spanish-style bullfighting as representative of bullfighting, there are many different forms and varieties in various locations around the world. Some forms involve dancing around or over a cow or bull, or attempting to grasp an object from the animal.
Bullfighting is a traditional spectacle of many countries including Spain, Portugal, parts of southern France, India and Tanzania, and some Latin American countries (Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru). While some forms are sometimes considered to be a blood sport, in some countries, for example Spain, it is defined as an art form or cultural event and relevant regulatory frameworks liken it to other cultural events and heritage.
In some locations, a particular breed of cattle, the Spanish Fighting Bull, is used for bullfighting. These bulls must be bred in large ranches, and in conditions as similar as possible to the way they would behave in the wild.
There are many historic fighting venues in the Iberian Peninsula, France and Latin America. The largest venue of its kind is the Plaza México in central Mexico City, which seats 48,000 people,and the oldest are the Plazas of Béjar and Ronda, in the Spanish provinces of Salamanca and Málaga.
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