A female bullfighter was gored in the face while staring down the massive animal on her knees, leaving her with gaping wounds as she was carried out of the ring.
Bullfighter Hilda Tenorio suffered serious facial injuries and was rushed to hospital covered in blood after being severely gored for the second time in her career.
The 32-year-old Mexican matador received emergency medical attention at the scene before being taken to hospital for an hours-long operation to mend a broken jaw.
Footage of the dramatic moment she was knocked to the ground shows the half-ton bull, called ‘Querido Viejo’, which in English would translate as ‘My Dear Old Friend’, charging her before onlookers rush to help her.
Ms Tenorio was facing down the bull on her knees when it trampled over her in the city of Puebla on Sunday.
Graphic photos show her face covered in blood as she is carried out of the ring.
She is later seen sat upright on a gurney in the back of an ambulance.
After the operation, she wrote to her fans on social media: “I want to thank you all for your messages of support.
“My injuries are very serious and I have not been able to sleep all night, 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.”
Mexican media have said she is expected to have to take a six-month rest from bullfighting as they condemned the sport.
Bullfighting opponents and animal rights activists showed no sympathy for her.
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