A young bull is fighting for its life in intensive care after being attacked during the ‘Running of the Scotsman’, an annual event hosted at a Spanish festival.
The bull, a competitor at an earlier event in Ciudad Rodrigo’s Carnaval del Toro festival, underwent a three-hour operation to repair damage to his thighs, sphincter and back muscles after failing to cede to the advances of the raging Scotsman.
The bovine victim was saved from a certain death by locals who sedated the beast with whisky mixed with a cheap substitute for Tennants lager before it could further its assault.
Spectator Xavier Alonso said in all his years watching similar running events, he had never witnessed such a brutal attack.
He told local reporters, “The organisers made a huge mistake in putting such a fearsome creature anywhere near that poor bull.”
“The bull had just been returned after performing in the warm-up to the ‘Running of the Scotsman’ in order to be transported for a bullfight later in the evening, but the Scotsman quickly got the better of him.”
Organisers are said to be consulting with animal welfare campaigners on how to house competitors for future festivals.
A spokesman for WWF said their recommendations were clear.
“One must remember these are essentially wild beasts who need to be returned to their natural habitat.”
“A council house tenement in Glasgow would be perfect.”