An American tourist is recovering in hospital from what his surgeon says is the biggest bull goring wound he has ever operated on. Ouch.

Benjamin Miller suffered several sizable wounds, including a 40-cm goring in his thigh, when he was caught and attacked by a fighting bull during a festival in the nearby Spanish town of Ciudad Rodrigo on Saturday. He had to undergo a three hour operation to repair damage to his thighs, sphincter and back muscles.

“It’s not the worst injury I’ve seen, but it’s the biggest goring wound I’ve ever had to operate on,” surgeon Enrique Crespo told The Associated Press.


Two other men were also hurt but their injuries are said to be a lot less serious.

Fiestas featuring bulls are common in Spain, and critics agree that the events, which attract international audiences, are dangerous. It goes without saying really, bulls have big horns and huge, strong bodies.


Between 45,000 and 50,000 people had been enjoying the festivities over the weekend at this year’s four-day fiesta, that includes afternoon bullfights and bull-running events.

Let’s hope that Benjamin makes a full and speedy recovery. He won’t be forgetting this holiday in a hurry.

Image Credit: Associated Press

H/T: Huffington Post, The Daily Mail

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