Young fighting bulls took over the central streets of the north-eastern Spanish town of Pamplona on Wednesday (7 July) in the traditional "running of the bulls" ceremony.
GV Crowd running through street chased by bull (2 shots)
MV Two bulls charge man who runs into crowd
GV Bullring with crowd and bull enters chasing people (2 shots)
GVs People chasing bull and vice versa (4 shots)
GV Bull trying to trample on man as people watch (2 shots)
GV Bull running around ring and charging people as crowd watches (5 shots)
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Background: Young fighting bulls took over the central streets of the north-eastern Spanish town of Pamplona on Wednesday (7 July) in the traditional "running of the bulls" ceremony.
SYNOPSIS: It is only the brave or the very foolish who run through the streets with the half ton fighting bulls. Every year someone is hurt .. often seriously. The bulls are taunted and fought by young men .. both in the streets and later in the arena.
This is the bullring where the fights take place after the ceremony is over. Almost invariably the animal is killed in a ritualistic duel between man and beast. But every day for a week the running of the bulls provides the best entertainment in the annual San Fermin festival.
The bulls' horns are padded for the occasion but they can still cause much damage to their victims. One of those injured last year was a tourist. The local people warn strangers that staying clear of an enraged bull is harder than it looks.
Devoted supporters of Spain's bullfights are taking particular notice of the bulls at Pamplona this year. The country's national fiesta is taking on a new look -- or rather it is returning to the days of pre-commercialisation. This does not merely mean more bullfights, greater rewards and larger crowds. As a result of regulations ordered by the bullfighting's ruling body, the bulls are bigger and fiercer .. and the drama has returned to the ring. Over the last few years increasingly younger and smaller animals have been appearing in the ring. The bulls of Pamplona had been young and slightly mild in comparison to the four-year-old beasts which have begun re-appearing in the arenas around Spain.