Horrific footage has been released showing a Spanish bullfighter being gored during a performance in Madrid.
Román Collado, from Valencia, was thrown in the air by the enormous animal at the San Isidro fair over the weekend.
The clip shows the fighter standing in front of the bull, holding a sword and the standard red cape.
But as he raises the blade and moves the rag towards the animal, it charges straight at him and rips into his side with its horns, flinging Collado into the air. The bull then turns Collado upside down, carrying him a few steps before dropping him on the ground.
Two people then quickly rush to the entertainer's aid, using their own red capes to lead the animal - Santonero I - away so that Collado can be pulled to safety.
According to a medical report, Collado suffered a huge 12-inch gash to his thigh and also damaged veins, arteries and muscles as a result of the shocking incident
However, despite the terrifying ordeal, the bullfighter managed to survive the charge and posted to Twitter, writing: "Román is being operated, as soon as we know more information we tell you. Bullfighting is like that. Madrid deserves it."
Another tweet, sharing a photograph of the medical report, then said: "Life is of the brave."
A later post from the injured fighter's account gave an update on his condition. It said: "At this time, a second operation is performed to recover the flow of blood in the leg.
Collado has thanked fans for their messages of support. Credit: PA
"Thrombosis has been detected and an operation has been necessary to correct it. Tomorrow we will have more information. Thank you very much everyone for the messages of support."
Following a successful series of operations, Collado thanked fans and well-wishers for their messages of support.
A statement read: "The 2 (sic) operation of Roman has gone well, finally he had sectioned the femoral artery and the damaged vein. We have been with him and he is very animated. We appreciate the expressions of affection received. In ICU until new order. We will continue informing."
Despite calls from animal rights campaigners, bullfighting remains a popular part of Spanish culture.
Earlier this year, a 74-year-old man was killed by a bull during the Toro Embolao event in Cadiz.
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