This's a horrific moment as a female bullfighter in Mexico has her cheeks, jaws, and eyes socket broken after being gored on her face and then forced down against the wall by a half-ton bull.
Hilda Tenorio, 32-year-old, was injured as she faced the bull on her knees in Puebla, Mexico. The media shared terrifying photos showing her wounded face covered with blood.
Before she was rushed to the hospital, she received emergency medical care at the scene. According to a hospital report, Tenorio has suffered fracture injuries on her cheekbones and the upper jaws.
El Universal reported that the incident happened at the "El Relicario" bull ring during Puebla fair celebrations.
Video footage of this dramatic moment was shared on social media almost immediately. It shows Tenorio being knocked down by the half-ton bull, nicknamed "Querido Viejo." The name of the bull translates to "My Dear Old Friend."
In the video, Ms. Tenorio waves a yellow and pink cape at the bull. The bull then turns at her, and it doesn't slow down.
Instead, it fiercely collides with the female bullfighter, pushing her against the walls of the arena. She's left on the ground, and the onlookers hurry to help her.
After undergoing the operation, Tenorio wrote a post to her social media fans.
"I want to thank you all for your messages of support."
"My injuries are very serious, and I couldn't sleep all night and sat up in bed because there was no other option."
"The doctors have said my upper jaw is broken and my cheeks are fractured from my eye socket."
She also maintained her sense of humor, adding;
"At least I'll have a new platinum face, although I wish it was worth more, like the Grammys."
In another post, Tenorio shared a photo of a hand-written letter from one of her fans. The note had been brought to her in the hospital.
This incident is the second time a bull has knocked this 32-year-old female bullfighter. When she was 16, she suffered facial injuries, resulting in her needing 80 stitches, as reported by El Universal.
Mexican media reports that she will take a six-month break from bullfighting. And animal lovers shared their opinions.
Animal activists and bullfighting opponents have shown no sympathy for her.
"Mess with the bull you get the horns!!"
Another posted on Twitter:
"Karma is a b****."
And another wrote:
"I'm sorry, but maybe now you feel how the poor animal must be at the moment you embed those crap."