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One-Eyed Matador Gored Again

Luckily for Juan Jose Padilla, it was at or near the same eye as last time

(Newser) - Five years almost to the day after he was gored in the eye by a bull, Spanish matador Juan Jose Padilla was gored in virtually the same spot again—but he won't need to buy a second eye patch. At a bullfight in Zaragoza Saturday, the 43-year-old was gored... More »

Pic of Baby in Bullfighting Ring Has Spain Seeing Red

Matador posts controversial photo

(Newser) - Even if Spain celebrates "Take Your Child to Work Day" like we do, people are shocked over a matador's decision to bring his infant daughter into the bullfighting ring. Francisco Rivera Ordonez, called the "David Beckham of bullfighting" in the Sydney Morning Herald , is catching heat for... More »

Bullfighter Gored Again, This Time in the Jugular

Wound to neck damaged artery, says doctor

(Newser) - One stick in the thigh with a bull horn wasn't enough to stop Spanish bullfighter Torero Jiménez Fortes. One of three matadors gored at an event last year, Fortes, 25, is in serious condition after he was again gored at the Feria de San Isidro bullfighting festival—this... More »

Bullfight Ends After Unusual Series of Gorings

Bulls score rare victory at Madrid event, goring all 3 matadors

(Newser) - A prestigious bullfighting event in Spain ended in a very unusual way—with a knockout victory for the bulls. The first bull of the evening at Madrid's Las Ventas stadium badly gored bullfighter David Mora in the leg, tossed him in the air, and pummeled him into the ground,... More »

Bullfighting Ends Today in Barcelona

Catalonia ban comes after years of decline for blood-filled tradition

(Newser) - Today's bullfights at the 97-year-old Plaza de Toros Monumental arena in Barcelona will be the last ever for the venerable—and brutal—sport in Catalonia province, reports the BBC . The province voted to end bullfighting last year, the first ban on the corrida de toros in mainland Spain (it'... More »

Matador Arrested for Fleeing Bull

He ran from the ring...twice

(Newser) - It looks like a scene out of a comedy flick, but it’s real: A terrified matador throws himself over the perimeter wall in an attempt to escape a charging bull, then is coaxed back into the ring…only to flee again. It gets better: Christian Hernandez, 22, was actually... More »

Bull Gores Matador's Throat

Surgeons struggle for hours to reconstruct mouth

(Newser) - A Spanish matador was struggling to recover today after suffering horrific injuries when a bull's horn entered his throat and exited his mouth. The half-ton bull caught Julio Aparicio under the chin when the matador lost his balance and stumbled while executing a pass in Madrid. Aparicio, 41, was tossed... More »

Top Bullfighter Seriously Gored

Jose Tomas of Spain suffers serious blood loss in Mexico

(Newser) - One of the best-known members of the legendary Spanish bullfighting community was severely gored during a performance yesterday and is in serious condition in a Mexican hospital. Jose Tomas sustained a torn vein and artery when an 1,100-pound bull's left horn drove 4 inches deep into his groin, the... More »

Olé! Teen Matador Kills 6 Bulls

16-year-old Jairo Miguel pulls off feat usually reserved for pros

(Newser) - A 16-year-old Spanish matador killed six bulls in one afternoon today, pulling off a feat normally attempted only by seasoned veterans and winning trophies for his skill—ears from animals he had just slain. Jairo Miguel Sanchez Alonso, the son of a bullfighter who nearly died from a horrific goring... More »

Matador Puts Gay Drink Ad on Cape

Spaniard breaks with macho tradition, and how

(Newser) - Joselito Ortega is breaking more boundaries than one. The little-known Spanish matador will be advertising his new sponsor on his cape while in the ring, an unheard-of break with tradition. Then there’s the sponsor itself, a club-scene energy drink called (seriously) “Gay Up.” It’s not exactly... More »

Kid Matador Kills Record 6 Bulls

Bloody spectacle gets last-minute go-ahead despite controversy

(Newser) - An 11-year-old Mexican bullfighter has broken a world record by killing six young bulls in a single bloody spectacle, reports the BBC. "I'm happy to have achieved this great victory," boasted the boy as he left the ring in Merida yesterday. The controversial bullfight exhibition won a last-minute... More »

Olé! Breeder to Clone Prize Bull

US company to copy Alcalde's DNA

(Newser) - Alcalde is one in a million: The hulking black bull's sons have struck fear in the hearts of Spain's bravest matadors for more than a decade. But now, in his waning years, his famed breeder has commissioned a US company to make him two in a million—with the cloned... More »

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