Bull gores Zaragoza matador on the same eye after 5 years

By @vitthernandez on
Matador Juan Jose Padilla
Spanish matador Juan Jose Padilla stands next to a bull during a bullfight at Campo Pequeno bullring in Lisbon, Portugal July 14, 2016. Reuters/Rafael Marchante

A 600-kilogramme bull gored the already damaged eye of 43-year-old matador Juan Jose Padilla during the El Pilar Feria at the La Misericordia bullring in Zaragoza, Spain, over the weekend. It was the same eye gored by another bull in October 2011, causing the bullfighter to wear an eye patch.

The incident was caught by the camera and witnessed by thousands of live audience used to seeing matadors gored on different body parts or killed by the bull. After gouging Padilla’s eye, the bull knocked the matador on the floor.

Mirror reports that Padilla, known as “The Cyclone” since he had only one functioning eye since the first goring incident, is also called “The Pirate” because of the eye patch he wears over the damaged eye. It adds because of the accuracy of the beast, the toro just gave a new meaning to the word “bullseye.”

In the 2011 incident, the bull gored Padilla through the jaw, but the toro’s horn pierced his eye. After the bull plunged its horn on his left jaw, the eyeball popped out of the eye socket, witnessed by the horrified live audience.

Padilla, also known as the “Cyclone of Jerez” was featured in “Into the Arena: The World Of The Spanish Bullfight.” The Oct 7, 2011 incident also happened in Zaragoza where the toro was almost dying from injuries inflicted by Padilla.

Besides damaging his left eye and causing hearing loss, the 2011 goring caused multiple fractures on Padilla’s jaw and skill and facial paralysis. But five months later, in March 2012, Padilla returned to the bullring with an eyepatch which earned him the nickname “The Pirate.”