Many people are familiar with the “Running of the Bulls”, but what you may not know is there’s not just one festival featuring this dangerous but enthralling event.
The tradition began in the early 14th century and was original done to help get the bulls that would be used during the evenings bullfights, where matadores attempt to subdue or kill a bull with style, into the arena.
Cattle herders would run in front of and behind the bulls to excite them and get them into their pens, but what started as a transport method quickly became a competition and has today morphed into a huge tourist attraction, especially during the festival of Sanfermines in Pamplona, which is easily the most popular.
Still, other runs happen throughout Spain, Portugal, south France, and even parts of Mexico, and this video comes to us from one of these lesser known runs in Peñalver, Guadalajara, Spain back in 2016.
From the beginning of the video, one very aggressive bull is the focus and we see him tear around a corner at full speed, nearly slamming into a car parked on the side of the road, before it starts making its way down the street once more.
People are standing just inside the fence and sitting on top of cars, which blows my mind considering these beasts weigh from 900 to 1500 pounds and can hit top speeds of 35 miles per hour.
This bull is clearly mad and is looking for something to hit and it found its target in an SUV full of people parked just a bit further down the street.
The bull locks eyes on the front passenger-side tire, lowers its bulky head and shoulders, and shoves a mighty horn into the wheel well and starts driving upward, ripping open fluid lines, blowing out the tire, and most impressively, lifting the SUV into the air.
You read that right, one bull lifted an SUV, full of people no less, up onto three wheels and honestly looked like it was fully capable of flipping it completely over if it tried hard enough.
Time and time again, it powers up right, muscles rippling under its dark coat, sending the vehicle bouncing up and down while the people inside are left helpless.
Eventually, some of the runners up ahead are able to distract it and it goes on about its run, but my goodness, I’ve never seen anything quite as impressive as that.
I’ve always had respect for these beasts, especially after reading some Hemingway, but my goodness does this video put it all into a much more understandable perspective.