A bullfighter has met his untimely death after daring to take on a huge beast with his bare hands.
A bullfighter was mortally wounded in front of a horrified crowd when his bare-handed stand-off in front of a 1,100lb beast went horribly wrong, Dailymail has reported.
The man identified as Fernando Quintela, 26, suffered irreversible internal injuries in the bullring in Moita, a district of Lisbon, Portugal, and surgeons were unable to save him.
Quintela acted as a ‘forcado’, one of a group of men who perform a traditional part of bullfights in the country. Their job is to challenge the bull with their bare hands, by standing in front of it and egging the animal on.
The aim is to get the bull to run towards them and one of them grabs its head whilst the others jump on top of it. They all wear traditional clothing, including a long green knitted hat. Footage of the horrific moment shows Quintela and the bull in a standoff in the Moita do Ribatejo bullring.
He can be seen stamping his feet as the animal becomes more antagonised. The bull then charges at Quintela, trapping his body between its two horns and tossing him to the floor, before smashing into him again. Fellow forcados tried to pull the bullfighter free but he had already suffered severe internal injuries and bleeding.
He was rushed to the bullring’s own infirmary but then taken on to the São José hospital in Lisbon. Surgeons were unable to reverse the internal haemorrhaging and he died a few hours later.
The bullfighter, who was born in Portugal, was a member of the Amadores de Alcochete forcado group and made his debut in France in 2008.
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