​Matador Gored By Bull Given Its Ears To Keep As Trophy

A matador who was repeatedly gored by an angry, raging bull eventually killed it before winning its ears as a trophy for the fight.


The footage shows the bullfighter getting repeatedly attacked by the raging bull in front of thousands of fans, who were watching the action unfurl at the Las Ventas building in Madrid, Spain, during the San Isidro Festival.

In the video, the bull charges into French bullfighter Sebastian Castella and sends him crashing to the ground before repeatedly. The animal then throws Castella's legs into the air using its huge horns, flipping his body over, before stamping across his body on the floor.

35-year-old Castella can then be seen lying on the ground while covering his head, as other bullfighters in the arena run around to try and distract the enraged bull.

Credit: CEN
Credit: CEN

Castella was then rushed out of the ring - somehow fortunate enough to escape without any serious injuries, only needing treatment for a wound on his foot.

In fact, he came out of the incident so unscathed that he was even able to return to the ring later in the day to complete an impressive performance.

For the fight, Castella was awarded the two ears of the bull that he had fought and eventually killed, being presented the grim trophy by the president of the bull ring.

Credit: CEN
Credit: CEN

The celebrations then continued as the Frenchman was taken from the stadium and out through the Puerta Grande (Big Gate), having been lifted up onto the shoulders of his fans - something that's considered one of the greatest honours in bullfighting, which is only given to matadors who have won the ears of a bull.

Last year a 23-year-old bullfighter was gored through his face at the same stadium in Madrid, and was left fighting for his life.

Daniel García Navarrete was competing in his debut tournament at Las Ventas, fighting a 1,000lb bull in front of 10,000 spectators when he was pierced several times, the Mail reports.

Credit: RTVE.es
Credit: RTVE.es

The attack was also caught on camera as the audience were powerless to stop what was happening. The footage shows the bullfighter being flipped in the air and thrown to the ground. The bull then repeatedly gores him as a screaming crowd can be heard in the background.

Navarrete was rushed to hospital where doctors found that he'd been pierced four times by the bull. The horns had gone through his neck twice and another two times through his jaw.

One of the wounds was eight inches deep, while another (six inches deep) went through the roof of his mouth and the base of his tongue.

He was also left with severed nerves, a fractured collarbone and extensive muscle damage - with doctors saying he was lucky to come out of the incident alive.

Navarrete was treated at the Hospital San Francisco of Assisi and surgeons who performed the emergency operation said his prognosis was 'severe'.

Featured Image Credit: CEN

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist at LADbible. Jess graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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