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A bull jumps into the stands during a "recortadores" competition in Tafalla in this video grab. At least 40 spectators were injured after the bull jumped into the stands during the competition in which young boys run in front of the bull.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: REUTERS TV / Reuters

A bull leaps out of the arena at a bullring in northern Spain before charging into a crowd of terrified spectators.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alberto Galdona / AFP/Getty Images

A bull leaps into the stands in northern Spain, where it ran amok, charging and trampling spectators.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Manuel Sagues / Associated Press

A bull charges spectators after leaping into the stands during a bullfight. Dozens of people were injured.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Manuel Sagues / Associated Press

A bull that leaped out of the arena at a bullring near Pamplona in northern Spain charged into a crowd of terrified spectators.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alberto Galdona / AFP/Getty Images

A bull terrifies spectators after leaping into the stands during a bullfight in Tafalla in northern Spain.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Manuel Sagues / Associated Press

Spectators try to escape after a bull leaped into the stands during a 'recortadores' competition, during which young boys run before the bull, trying to avoid being caught.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: STRINGER/SPAIN / Reuters

After it was killed, the body of the bull is removed from the stands where it charged spectators.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alberto Galdona / AFP/Getty Images

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By Ciaran Giles, Associated Press

Madrid — A bull leaped into the packed grandstands of a Spanish bullring and ran amok, charging and trampling spectators and leaving 40 people injured, regional officials said Thursday.

Video showed the bull jumping several yards high out of the ring, clearing two barriers before landing in the stands and raising a panic as he lurched through the screaming crowd, charging and tossing everything he could.

The 1,100-pound animal was brought under control by experienced bull handlers after several minutes and later killed.

The incident occurred Wednesday at the Tafalla arena in the northern region of Navarre during an event attended by about 3,500 spectators, in which mostly young people try to get a bull to charge at them so they can dodge it.  Unlike standard bullfights, the bulls are not killed in these events.

The bull had already attempted to jump into the stands twice. After damaging a horn, he was about to be returned to the corral and replaced with another bull when he tried a third time and succeeded.

The regional government said in a statement Thursday that three people remained in hospitals in the regional capital of Pamplona, best known for its annual San Fermin running of the bulls festival.

The injured included a 10-year-old boy who was in intensive care after the bull reportedly fell on him. Another man was gored in the back and was said to be in stable condition.

In all, 40 people were treated, primarily for minor injuries.

“What could have been a tragedy ended up as a big fright,” Tafalla Mayor Cristina Sota was cited as saying in the main regional newspaper, Diario de Navarra.

Inaki Zunzarren, who was treated for bruises, told the paper: “The bull caught me and hurled me against the (concrete) seating. What an experience!”

Also lightly injured was 16-year-old Eneko Goyena Sesma.

“I was with my friends when the bull jumped over and everyone began to run. Somebody must have pushed me and I fell to the ground. I got a pretty big fright,” he said.

The regional government said the crowd was made up largely of young people, and most were able to get away from the bull quickly, avoiding a greater number of injuries.

4 Comments

  1. September 10, 2010, 8:32 pm

    No comments yet and this happened three weeks ago? There should be a barrage of outrage at this inhumane tormenting of animals by a supposedly civilised people. Every time (and it's not often enough) I read of a matador being gored I cheer for the bulls. If this bull had killed a few people maybe the Spaniards would have a little think about the whole disgusting business – and it IS a business. Obviously the death of thousands of bulls isn't going to change their minds. Maybe some of the fat cats who make all the money behind the scenes should demonstrate their manhood by getting into the arena.

    By: rwotton@xtra.co.nz
  2. January 16, 2011, 2:24 am

    It is a scandal that they killed the Bull – he should have lived out the rest of his life with honours. Bloody humans, cruel!

    By: simon
  3. January 18, 2011, 6:22 pm

    We can't really blame the Bull can we? Let's take a look at ourselves and see what it was that really caused this–the answer very simply is that we did. If you cause harm then you will be harmed. It's very basic and is understood by all the wise people who have come before us. Until we change, this should be of no surprise. Certainly let's not demonize the Bull–this "tradition" has outlived it's relevance. It only proves how ignorance disguises itself in this un-noble Spanish tradition. Spaniards are better than this.

    By: jdtiberi@gmail.com
  4. July 9, 2011, 8:23 pm

    A hard pic to look at!

    By: FreeFrenchandHaitianCreolePress

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