Warning: Graphic Content.
A French matador was left with a ten-inch wound after a raging fighting bull charged towards him and gored him right up the bum.
There’s no denying bullfighting is a dangerous game. I’ll never understand why people feel the need to rile up the innocent animals and then get in close proximity to them and their massive horns – it’s just an accident waiting to happen, as matador Juan Lean learned the hard way.
Watch the video below:
Warning: this video contains graphic content and shows an animal in distress:
The 26-year-old was performing at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid yesterday (May 26) as part of the San Isidro bullfighting festival.
He was taunting the bull with his red cape when the animal suddenly wedged its horn up the matador’s backside and threw him into the air, resulting in gasps and screams from the crowd.
Lean must have known the risks of bullfighting before deciding to pursue a career in the field, and considering he was literally taunting the animal, you could say he had the confrontation coming.
Admittedly, he probably wasn’t anticipating such a gory turn of events.
Two men rushed into the ring to distract the bull, and Lean managed to escape the distressed animal. He carried on with his performance after the incident, but blood was clearly visible on his white trousers.
When the fight came to an end, the bullfighter walked himself to the infirmary. According to the Mail Online he was then rushed to hospital where he was operated on.
Doctors said Lean suffered a 25cm wound in his rectum, along with a possible fracture of the sacrum coccyx. There was also an exit hole in the gluteal region.
His surgeon, Máximo García Leirado, later spoke about the incident and expressed his amazement that the matador was able to go on with his show even after being gorged.
I can’t understand how managed to continue the fight and kill the bull afterwards because a normal person wouldn’t have been able to even stand up or walk.
It was fortunate that the horn hit the sacrum and then slid upwards, rather than pentrating his stomach.
Doctors have said the 26-year-old should make a full recovery, but he will need to rest and avoid any infections.
It’s ridiculous that bullfighting is still a popular form of entertainment despite the harm which can be caused to both the animals and the matadors. Injuring and taunting an animal simply for the joy of humans is just unnecessary.
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Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.