A stunning photograph captures the moment in which a Spanish bullfighter is dealt horrific injuries by his bovine victim to be.
The 41-year-old matador stumbled whilst attempting to artfully torture the bull to death in a Madrid bullfight, giving the beast the chance to gore him, piercing the matador’s neck with his horn.
The horn smashed through the unfortunate man’s jaw and emerged from his mouth, after which he was thrown into the air and the bull was persuaded to disengage by attendants.
The matador was hospitalised with devastating injuries – doctors report they had to perform a tracheotomy, and struggled to repair some of the damage dealt to the man’s throat, jaw, tongue and mouth.
His father, also a bullfighter, reports his life is not in danger, but explains that the extent of the injuries may preclude much in the way of a recovery:
“It was a serious goring. Almost his entire mouth was destroyed. It’s too early to talk of recovery, we must wait and see.”
Spain’s bullfighting tradition has long since been immaculately choreographed to ensure risks to bullfighters are minimised, but the intrinsic danger of the bloody sport remains.