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article imageGuide writer for surviving bull attacks survives being gored

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 9, 2014 in Travel
Author Bill Hillmann wrote a section in the book “How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona” and has now lived up to his hype by surviving a brutal bull attack.
Some are noting this as an ironic or sad event. It perhaps might have been if Hillmann died. Instead he can now point to surviving this serious injury and show that his tips work. As a former boxing champion in Chicago he was a very strong man to begin with. He was stabbed in the thigh by a raging bull but managed to escape and get treatment.
On an even more interesting note he plans to run again next time the festival comes up. According to the Chicago Tribune this incident has not deterred him at all. After all the book he wrote in wasn't called "How to not be injured at all by the Bulls of Pamplona" so it wouldn't make sense for it to bother him much. Non-fatal injuries happen regularly so it probably won't hinder the festival either.
There have been 15 deaths since 1910 over the course of this festival. You can see a partial list here. These are far less common than most people would expect from an event that seems so dangerous. Many people go on to survive their injuries and then brag to their friends about it. It is part of the appeal.
Steve Irwin's death
holds striking similarities to this event. Two experts known for dealing with dangerous creatures were stabbed. The only difference is that many of us are now missing Irwin while Hillmann is still alive. While everyone hopes for the best this is a risk everyone knows about going in when they decide to center their career or parts of their life on the thrills only dangerous animals can bring.
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