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article imageUK tourist gored by bull in Calpe, Spain festival (video)

By Anne Sewell     Aug 23, 2013 in World
Calpe - Pamplona is not the only city in Spain to let the bulls run wild in the streets. A British tourist got on the wrong side of a bull in the streets of Calpe near Benidorm recently, in the "Bous al Carrer" (bulls in the street) festival.
The incident was caught on camera as former soldier, 41-year-old Peter Mayne, was mauled, gored and tossed in the air by a half-tonne bull on August 6.
While bystanders tried their best to distract the animal from smashing him into steel railings, they were unsuccessful, as he sustained injuries requiring 150 stitches and staples.
The above video of the attack was posted to YouTube.
Mayne's wife, Mandy, said that her husband, a London Underground tube worker is "still stuck in a wheel chair."
In an interview with the UK press she said, "He seems okay but there is no indication when he can leave. He cannot fly until his stitches have healed up because of the [air] pressure."
According to his 18-year-old stepdaughter, Hannah Chamberlain, who watched the incident as it unfolded:
"He was having his photo taken when it happened."
"He thought the bull was nowhere near him. Then it turned around and ran."
"We couldn't see when it was happening but we knew it wasn't good. I was just scared."
"It was quite an open wound and he was in a lot of pain. Within 10 minutes he was leaving in an ambulance."
"Luckily, all his internal organs and arteries were missed."
Mayne's wife Mandy remains with her husband in Calpe and the couple celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary last week, if under rather difficult circumstances.
A 50-year-old Spanish man was killed by a bull at the same festival in 2011.
At the San Fermin festival in Pamplona in July this year, an American man was gored in the stomach and a 31-year-old twice in the groin by a bull in a similar attack during a pile-up in the streets.
Bullfighting has been banned in the autonomous region of Catalunya and animal rights organizations regularly condemn the use of bulls in Spanish festivals.
However, Spain's ruling Partido Popular supports bullfighting.
Another video of the event, showing people taunting the bulls, is included below:
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