Five young men taking part in a bull run in Pamplona, Spain, have been hospitalised with injuries sustained during the dangerous event, a Red Cross spokesman reported yesterday.
One 19-year-old of Spanish nationality was gored in the armpit by one of the animals, the spokesman told Spanish broadcasters.
None of the men, aged between 18 and 26, was seriously injured.
Most of them suffered bruising.
This year’s running of the bulls, part of the San Fermin festival in the northern Spanish city, has so far seen relatively few injuries – only two runners have been gored by a bull’s horn.
A 38-year-old Spaniard who suffered injuries to his backside last Saturday has since been released from hospital, doctors said.
The festival, which ends today, involves daily bull runs through the narrow streets of Pamplona towards the city’s arena, where evening bullfights are held.
Hundreds of men and a few women in traditional white shirts and red neckerchiefs test their courage by trying to outrun the animals, which sometimes weigh more than 600kg.
Dozens are injured annually along the 875m route, and there are occasional fatalities, the last one being in 2009.
Animal rights activists once again protested against the tradition this year, which has become highly controversial, even within Spain.
Despite this, thousands of tourists flocked to the city from across the globe, including many from the United States, Europe and Australia.
US author Ernest Hemingway made the San Fermin festival famous in his novel The Sun Also Rises.
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