Ciudad Rodrigo bullrunning festival ends badly for father and son

A FATHER and son attending Ciudad Rodrigo´s carnival celebrations were gored by bulls who broke through a metal barrier, reports from February 8 claim. 

When tragedy struck in the cathedral city, in western Spain, the men were watching the “encierro a caballo”, during which handlers on horseback guide bulls from their pens to the bullring. 

During this event, panic-stricken spectators witnessed two of six bulls break away from their pack and come crashing through the security fence.   

The two injured men, aged 78 and 51 were sitting on the fence as the angry animals charged. 

Before being able to climb down from his perch, the father was badly gored as the bull´s horns pierced both of his thighs leaving him with three wounds of 15 – 20 cm long. His son was knocked to the ground and subsequently gored in one of his thighs.  

Both men were taken to a Salamanca hospital and are said to be in a “serious condition”. Their identities are, as of yet, unconfirmed. 

The controversial festival has witnessed its participants suffering serious injuries before now. The 2015 event saw a Scottish grandfather, and veteran bullrunner, requiring stitches and staples for head wounds, while an American man was left with the “biggest goring wound” ever seen by the doctor performing emergency surgery on him. 

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