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Paco Urena was depicted as a struggle with the animal as part of the Semana Grande (big week) fair in Bilbao, Basque Country

Gold-clad Spanish bullfighter shivers with pain while being embroidered in the groin during the Basque culture celebration

  • The painful moment when a Spanish bullfighter was hidden in the groin was recorded in a series of debilitating images
  • Paco Urena struggled with the animal as part of the Semana Grande fair in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain
  • A photographer captured the moment when a bull shot his horn between his legs to the Vista Alegre arena
  • Mr. Urena was also shown smiling while holding two bull's ears as trophies as part of Semana Grande
  • The celebration of Basque culture sees thousands of festival goers descend on the streets of northern Spain
  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
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The horrific moment when a Spanish bullfighter was moved into the groin by his angry prey was captured in a series of horrific images.

Paco Urena was shown yesterday as a struggle with the animal as part of the Semana Grande (Great Week) fair in Bilbao, Basque Country, Northern Spain.

A photographer recorded the moment when the bull worshiped Mr Urena at the arena of Vista Alegre, during the Semana Grande festival that runs from 17 to 25 August.

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The bullfighter, dressed in a shimmering gold jacket and vivid orange tights, sees a pained expression as the bull throws his horn between his legs as he seems to lose the grip of his archetypal red cape.

Mr. Urena was also shown smiling while holding two bull's ears as trophies as part of Semana Grande – or Aste Nagusia as Bilbao residents call it, which takes place every year in mid-August.

More than 100,000 festival goers descend into the streets and take part in celebrations of Basque culture, live music all night long and beautiful fireworks shows.

During the festival, which starts on the first Saturday after August 15, participants will also watch bullfights or strong competitions during the day.

Paco Urena was depicted as a struggle with the animal as part of the Semana Grande (big week) fair in Bilbao, Basque Country

Paco Urena was depicted as a struggle with the animal as part of the Semana Grande (big week) fair in Bilbao, Basque Country

A photographer recorded the moment when the bull worshiped Mr Urena at the arena of Vista Alegre during the Semana Grande festival

A photographer recorded the moment when the bull worshiped Mr Urena at the arena of Vista Alegre during the Semana Grande festival

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A photographer recorded the moment when the bull worshiped Mr Urena at the arena of Vista Alegre during the Semana Grande festival

The bullfighter, dressed in a shimmering gold coat and vibrant orange tights, released his archetypal red cape

The bullfighter, dressed in a shimmering gold coat and vibrant orange tights, released his archetypal red cape

The bullfighter, dressed in a shimmering gold coat and vibrant orange tights, released his archetypal red cape

Spanish bulfighter Paco Urena responds after receiving two bull's ear trophies during a bullfight as part of the Semana Grande (Big Week) fair at the Vista Alegre arena in Bilbao, Basque Country, Northern Spain, August 23

Spanish bulfighter Paco Urena responds after receiving two bull's ear trophies during a bullfight as part of the Semana Grande (Big Week) fair at the Vista Alegre arena in Bilbao, Basque Country, Northern Spain, August 23

Spanish bulfighter Paco Urena responds after receiving two bull's ear trophies during a bullfight as part of the Semana Grande (Big Week) fair at the Vista Alegre arena in Bilbao, Basque Country, Northern Spain, August 23

Bulfighter Cayetano Rivera fights a bull during a bullfight as part of Semana Grande. It takes place every year in mid-August
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Bulfighter Cayetano Rivera fights a bull during a bullfight as part of Semana Grande. It takes place every year in mid-August

Bulfighter Cayetano Rivera fights a bull during a bullfight as part of Semana Grande. It takes place every year in mid-August

More than 100,000 festival-goers enjoy the streets and partying all night on live music and beautiful fireworks shows during the festival (photo: Diego Urdiales fights a bull during a bullfight as part of Semana Grande)

More than 100,000 festival-goers enjoy the streets and partying all night on live music and beautiful fireworks shows during the festival (photo: Diego Urdiales fights a bull during a bullfight as part of Semana Grande)

More than 100,000 festival-goers enjoy the streets and partying all night on live music and beautiful fireworks shows during the festival (photo: Diego Urdiales fights a bull during a bullfight as part of Semana Grande)

Spanish bulfighter Paco Urena (L) toasts a bull to colleague Diego Urdiales (R) during a bullfight as part of Semana Grande

Spanish bulfighter Paco Urena (L) toasts a bull to colleague Diego Urdiales (R) during a bullfight as part of Semana Grande

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Spanish bulfighter Paco Urena (L) toasts a bull to colleague Diego Urdiales (R) during a bullfight as part of Semana Grande

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