Sunday, July 09, 2006
INJURIES IN THE RUNNING OF THE BULLS IN PAMPLONA
Each year the annual Running of the Bulls in Pamplona (Spain), an event popularized worldwide by Ernest Heminway, attracts more visitors. They come form all over the world to run with the bulls down the streets of the town of Pamplona, from their pens to the bullfight arena holding pens.
The run is a matter of minutes, but some of the most dangerous minutes there are.
The bos Ibericus, the Spanish bulls bred for centuries for the bullfight are chosen for these characteristics, which made them deadly adversaries: agility, intelligence, courage, razor-sharp horns, and this quality which distinguishes them from other breeds -- they will charge anything that moves.
Participiants in the run are often injured, and recently a college engineering students was gored to death. He had lost 90% of the his blood before the crack Spanish medics could get him in the ambulance, and the best bull-gore surgeons in the world could do nothing for him in the hospital.
There are certain rules that can keep one safer, one of which is, if you're knocked down, don't get up. Stay still. Naive participants are at a severe disadvantage.
Here is a video of the run: http://www.247show.com/watch-videosonline.cfm/cid/29/sid/254
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Posted by Susan Dunn, M.A. at 6:41 PM