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A bull attacks an 82-year-old man while he was trying to flee from the animal in Ontinyent

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Moment pensioner, 82, is dashed against a wall and gored by a bull leaving him seriously injured after he was unable to outpace the raging beast at Spanish festival

  • This is the moment an elderly man is gored and tossed in the air by a raging bull
  • People can be heard screaming as the man’s limp body hits the pavement 
  • The Bou en Corda festivities in Spain’s Valencia region saw the man hospitalised

This is the moment an 82-year-old man is tossed in the air and lands on the ground with a thud after being charged and then gored by a bull he was trying to flee.

The incident took place during the Bou en Corda (Bull on a Rope) festivities in Ontinyent, in Spain’s Vall d’Albaida region on Sunday.

Footage shows revellers running from the lone bull through the city streets.

But the elderly man is unable to outpace the rampaging beast, which charges into him horns-first, tossing him in the air and against a wall.

When residents scatter, an 82 old man is left in the bull's path

The crowd is shown as the bull nears (left). When residents scatter, an 82 old man is left in the bull’s path (right)

The null charges into the elderly man horns-first, tossing him in the air and against a wall

The bull continues to gore him until it is pulled away by the rope tied around its neck. The man was taken to hospital with trauma to the front of his head and his left occipital lobe, as well as a cut to his left hand

The null charges into the elderly man horns-first, tossing him in the air and against a wall. The bull continues to gore him until it is pulled away by the rope tied around its neck (right). The man was taken to hospital with trauma to the front of his head and his left occipital lobe, as well as a cut to his left hand

People can be heard screaming as the man’s limp body hits the pavement with a thud.

The bull continues to gore him until it is pulled away by the rope tied around its neck.

The man was taken to hospital with trauma to the front of his head and his left occipital lobe, as well as a cut to his left hand.

At the time of reporting, he remained in hospital. Local media described his condition as ‘serious’.

The Aragonese Spanish tradition, practiced in several towns in the Torís region, involves people trying to take the bull inside several houses in the town, always tied with a rope.

Also over the weekend, a 60-year-old woman ended up in hospital after tripping and  smacking her knee during the festivities.

A 16-year-old woman was treated for a laceration to her right knee and a cut to her lower lip when the first bull was released, reported Levante.

Researcher Rosa Fernandez found last year that 34.7 per cent of the Spanish population supported festivities involving bulls and wanted to keep them, 44.1 per cent were against them and wanted them banned by law, and 21.2 per cent were against them but did not want them banned.

‘The question is not what that old man was doing there, but who put a bull on the public highway and granted permission to the mob to corner him, make him feel afraid and enrage him,’ said one social media user in Spanish.

‘This country is still determined not to enter the 21st century.’

Other users also decried the practice, which has seen six people die during festivities involving bulls in Spain’s Valencia region alone in 2022.

‘Abolish these atrocities now please,’ said another user.

‘Until these displays of primitive hustlers are banned, we will continue to feel embarrassed,’ said a third.

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