At this year's "running of the bulls" festival in Spain, a 19-year-old matador named Andres Roca Rey was reportedly gored in his crotch during a bullfight.
At one point during the fight, the bull assaulted the young matador with its horns and threw him into the air.
Judging from the available photos of the incident, it is difficult to tell exactly where the horns contacted Rey’s body, but when he got up from being tossed, a blurred-out portion of his genitals was allegedly exposed.
However, despite the embarrassing and likely painful episode, he did manage to defeat the animal, reports the Daily Mail. By the end of the fight, the bull had blood pouring from its mouth and presumably died from its injuries.
Animal rights activists have long opposed bullfighting and the running of the bulls and consider the events cruelty to animals.
At this year’s festival, activists from PETA and AnimaNaturalis staged a protest, Reuters reports. Clad only in underwear and bull horn headbands, they doused themselves in fake blood and held signs that read: “Pamplona: Bloodbath For Bulls.”
According to the festival’s official website, "The fiestas of San Fermin are celebrated in Irunea/Pamplona, in the region of Navarra, every year from the 6th to the 14th of July. They have become internationally known because of the running of the bulls, where the bulls are lead through the streets of the old quarter as far as the bull ring by runners.”
The site goes on to explain that San Fermin is the patron saint of Navarra, though the festival has since lost most of its religious connotation. Now it attracts a worldwide audience of tourists who enjoy the spectacle of people daring to be trampled by giant animals.
As the website puts it, “Nowadays, the fiestas are seen as a mass gathering of people from all the corners of the world and where the partying, the fun and the joy of it all are the most outstanding ingredients.”
The great American writer Ernest Hemingway famously wrote about the fun and joy of it all in his novel “The Sun Also Rises,” published in 1926.