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Famous matador is gored directly in the butt after stabbing it during bullfight

A celebrated matador in Spain has sustained possibly the most brutal injury of his career after he was gored directly in the anus after a bull fought back.



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(TMU) – A celebrated matador in Spain was gored directly in the butt after a bull fought back after he stabbed the creature during one of Spain’s first post-lockdown bullfights.

Enrique Ponce was engaging in the controversial national pastime at the El Puerto de Santa Maria’s bullring in southwest Spain when the animal repelled the attempt to kill it.

Ponce had just stabbed the bull when the creature turned on the father-of-two and plunged his horn directly in his butt, lifting him into the air and dropping him.

Ponce eventually laid face-down on the ground and covered his neck and head to prevent being fatally injured by the wounded beast.

This wasn’t the first time the famous 48-year-old bullfighter has sustained injuries in his long and storied career, which began in 1988 when he was a teenage novice.

In 2014, Ponce’s collarbone and ribs were shattered in a severe goring incident that saw him stricken directly in the right armpit. Last year he also faced serious injury after a bull tossed him into the air, tearing his ligaments and leaving him with a 10-centimeter buttock injury.

The latest incident took place during the 140th anniversary of the Real Plaza de Toros de El Puerto de Santa María, and is the first time Ponce had returned to the ring following the phased reopening of the country following the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic that was declared on March 14.

Fortunately, Ponce was largely unharmed by the unpleasant incident.

Certain regions of Spain in phase two of the health emergency can fill their bullrings to one-third capacity, up to a maximum of 400 people, while regions in phase three are able to open at 50 percent capacity or 800 spectators.

While some Spaniards had clamored for the return of the national pastime, animal rights campaigners have long derided bullfighting as a shocking display of animal cruelty.

“During a typical bullfight, several men taunt and stab a bull with harpoon-like banderillas until he becomes weakened from blood loss,” animal rights group PETA wrote in a press release last year. “Then, the matador stabs the exhausted animal with a sword, and if the bull doesn’t die straight away, he’ll commonly use a dagger to cut the animal’s spinal cord. Many bulls are paralyzed but still conscious as their ears or tails are cut off as trophies.”

Bullfighting organizations like the Fundación del Toro de Lidia have complained that they have been particularly hard-hit by the lockdown, with some breeders apparently killing over 400 creatures in the span of only a week, breeder Victorino Martín told The Guardian.

Animal rights campaigners have set up a petition titled “No bailout for bullfighting” which has sought to prevent the Spanish government from offering financial assistance to the bullfighting industry.

“Every year, almost 10,000 bulls die after being tortured in the bullrings, and thousands more, along with cows and heifers, are harassed and mistreated in towns throughout Spain,” the petition read.

Across Spain and Latin America, support for the bullfights has been on the wane. While bullfighting is banned in countries like Argentina, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, Italy and the United Kingdom, the pastime continues in Spain, France, Portugal, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, and Ecuador.

Campaigners have pointed to the low attendance numbers at recent bullfights in Spain as proof that the cruel sport is no longer being enjoyed by most of he public.

The bullfighting lobby has been clamoring for months, asking for public money and demanding to be able to hold a bullfight. And what happened? It has been a total failure, the alleged fans have not responded.

“The bullfighting lobby has been crying for months about their business, demanding that they be given public funds and permission to hold their bullfights. And what happened? It has been a total failure, the supposed fans haven’t materialized,” said Marta Esteban Miñano, the director of Animal Guardians, according to Kaosenlared. “How is it possible that this cruel bankrupt business is still being subsidized with public funds?”


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Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida



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A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.

In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.

“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.

Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.

Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.

Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.

Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.

However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.

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Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son



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A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.

The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.

The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.

“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.

“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.

The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.

The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.

“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.

The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.

The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.

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Blue Whales Return to Spain’s Coast After Disappearing for 40 Years



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Blue whales have been returning to the Atlantic coast of Spain after an absence of over 40 years in the region, when whaling industries drove the species to the brink of extinction.

Blue whales, which are the world’s largest mammals, had long disappeared from the region until the recent sightings.

The first was spotted off the coast of Galicia near Ons Island by marine biologist Bruno Díaz, who heads the Bottlenose Dolphin Research.

Another one of the majestic creatures was spotted the following year in 2018 and yet another in 2019. In 2020, two whales again made their return to the area.

It remains unclear as of yet as to why the creatures have returned to the area, but controls on local whaling industries are believed to play a role.

“I believe the moratorium on whaling has been a key factor,” Díaz remarked, according to the Guardian. “In the 1970s, just before the ban was introduced, an entire generation of blue whales disappeared. Now, more than 40 years later, we’re seeing the return of the descendants of the few that survived.”

Whaling had been a traditional industry in Galicia for hundreds of years before Spain finally acted to ban whaling in 1986, long after the blue whale’s presence in the region had faded away.

Some fear that the return of the massive sea mammals is a sign of global warming.

“I’m pessimistic because there’s a high possibility that climate change is having a major impact on the blue whale’s habitat,” said marine biologist Alfredo López in comments to La Voz de Galicia.

“Firstly, because they never venture south of the equator, and if global warming pushes this line north, their habitat will be reduced,” he continued “And secondly, if it means the food they normally eat is disappearing, then what we’re seeing is dramatic and not something to celebrate.”

Díaz said that while the data certainly supports this theory, it is too early to determine climate as the precise cause.

“It is true that the data we have points to this trend [climate change] but it is not enough yet,” he told Público news.

Another possibility is that the ancestral memory of the old creatures or even a longing for their home may offer an explanation, according to Díaz.

“In recent years it’s been discovered that the blue whale’s migration is driven by memory, not by environmental conditions,” he said. “This year there hasn’t been a notable increase in plankton, but here they are. Experiences are retained in the collective memory and drive the species to return.”

In recent years, researchers have found that migratory patterns are also driven by the cultural knowledge existing in many groups of species.

Researchers believe this type of folk memory, or cultural knowledge, exists in many species and is key to their survival.

A typical blue whale is 20-24 metres long and weighs 120 tonnes – equivalent to 16 elephants – but specimens of up to 30 metres and 170 tonnes have been found.

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