Gold-clad Spanish bullfighter winces in pain as he is gored in the groin

Gold-clad Spanish bullfighter winces in pain as he is gored in the groin

Stories like this will always cause people to react one of three ways.

The first reaction will be from people who will feel sorry for the bullfighters for being injured while performing in an important part of Spanish tradition and heritage. The second reaction will be from people who basically shrug their shoulders and say, "What did you expect would happen?" And the third reaction is from people who relish seeing a bull triumph over the bullfighters!

For many people, bullfighting is a cruel and needless sport that sees the bulls exploited in the name of an out-dated tradition.

Animal activists One Voice recently captured footage of a young bull collapsing from exhausting in a bullfighting school:

But whatever your stance is on bullfighting, I'm sure we can all agree on one thing: what happened to this bullfighter had to hurt!

Per the Daily Mail, yesterday, Veteran bullfighter Paco Urena was photographed dueling with the huge animal during the Semana Grande (Big Week) fair in Bilbao, Basque Country, in northern Spain. However, Urena's didn't go as well as he'd have hoped after the incensed bull managed to gore the gold-clad performer in the groin. 

The incident - which took place in the Vista Alegre bullring - was captured by a photographer, and Urena can be seen wincing in agony as the beast drives him off the ground.

Needless to say, many people on Twitter were quick to share their sympathies... with the bull:

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The Basque culture celebrations often see more than 100,000 festival-goers hit the streets, as partying ensues. Along with the bullfighting displays, there is also live music and magnificent fireworks displays long into the night.

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Urena's injury comes less than a week after a 59-year-old father-of-three lost his life after being gored by a bull during the 'Torico de la Cuerda' ('Running of the Bulls') in the eastern region of Valencia.