By Ross Kelly
A 32-year-old Spaniard was killed on Sunday during the country’s annual Running of the Bulls event. David Gonzales Lopez, who was not one of the participants in the event, left a protected area to enter the running area and tried to take a selfie. With his back to the oncoming herd, Lopez reacted too late to the bulls and ended up being gored by one of them. The bull then tossed his body into the air with its horns while onlookers watched in terror. A witness to the attack said the following:
“He looked like a puppet spinning around in the air because he didn’t fall to the ground.”
Despite the Running of the Bulls looking like a chaotic event, there is actually some structure to it and the bulls are only allowed in certain areas of towns. Also, many of the runners are somewhat-trained and this specific event usually isn’t the first time they’ve interacted with bulls. Lopez had no such training and apparently no interest in being a participant. He just wanted a cool picture for social media. The mayoress of the town in which the attack happened confirmed as much:
“Friends have said he never took part in the bull runs, that it was just bad luck he decided to record the video on his mobile and leave the protected area and the bull got him. It’s a tragic and stupid death.”
Despite the danger of the Running of the Bulls event, only 15 participants have died directly from a bull. The town immediately suspended the rest of the festival after Lopez became the 16th death.