Padilla has nearly lost his life on several occasions and Sunday’s outing was another near-death encounter for the 43 year old. He was gored in the thigh and chest by the half-ton beast, leaving him with a punctured lung. His glass eye – the result of a previous bullfighting incident – was also knocked out of his head.
He got the better of the bull on this occasion, however. Stumbling to his feet, he killed the animal and cut off one of its ears before staggering out of the arena. The privilege of being allowed to remove the ear is bestowed on a matador whom the crowd consider to have performed particularly well.
Apparently unphased by the incident, Padilla hopes to be back battling bulls within months. “It’s more than lucky, it’s a miracle: Once again the hand of God was on me,” he told Spanish agency EFe, as cited by The Local. “This was a bad one, but I’ll be back.”