Road runner

By WJG

3 days ago

Some thrill-seekers will risk their lives just to get a shot of adrenaline and fun. The annual running of the bull festival held in different cities in Spain draws such kind of people.

That tradition involves the release of many bulls on streets, and participants run with the animals while trying to avoid getting trampled by the rampaging beasts, or, worse, gored to death. Some of the bravest adventurers, unfortunately, lost their lives.

A total of 10 runners died from injuries suffered during such event this year, Agence France-Presse reported. Minors were also injured. The death toll sparked debates among politicians on whether or not to ban such event.

Organizers, of course, oppose a ban arguing that it’s part of the Spanish culture. They are pitted against some local officials and animal rights groups, which have launched a petition to outlaw the dangerous fiesta.

In the Philippines, a version of the Spanish bull run is rare, but one close copy recently occurred in Minglanilla, Cebu.

Unlike the original bull runs in Spain, the Cebuano version was spontaneous, and the venue was a highway, instead of streets. Another difference was the animal being chased, instead of the other way around.

A traffic enforcer aboard a patrol car carefully trailed the bull running on the highway after it broke loose from the yard of its owner, Glorife Laput, GMA Regional TV News reported.

Fortunately, the bull was safely collared with the help of bystanders after a one-kilometer pursuit lasting half an hour, according to Ronald Waskin, information officer of the Minglanilla Traffic Commission.

Laput saw a social media post of her animal running in the middle of the busy highway and went to claim it from the police station.

The runaway bull did not cause any accident.


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