For the first time in more than three decades, bullfighting festivities at Madrid's prestigious Plaza de Las Ventas ended prematurely after the bulls which were supposed to be slaughtered for entertainment decided not to go along with that plan. Instead, they turned the tables on their abusers, sending three matadors in succession to the hospital.
You could say the bulls won.
Veteran bullfighter David Mora was the first to enter the ring at the famed San Isidro festival. Before he could spear the bull to death, however, the bull got him -- tossing him into the air by his horns, leaving him with two large gashes on his leg and arm.
But instead of stopping the fight at that moment, as would have been sensible, the festivities carried on.
After Mora was carted off to the hospital, the second bullfighter, Antonio Nazaré, hopped into the ring with another bull, which promptly hooked him in the leg, requiring he seek medical attention, too.
Next, young Jiménez Fortes "came out wielding a sword" to make short work of the bull on his colleague's behalf, only to get caught up in the horns as well, TheLocal.es reports. Not long after the third matador was defeated, officials announced to the crowd that bloody San Isidro festival was canceled for the first time since 1979.