A Spanish bullfighter took his five-month old daughter into the ring with a charging bull just six months after he was “gored” while performing and nearly 22 years after his father died from bullfighting injuries.
Francisco Rivera Ordonez’s daughter, Carmen, was born on Aug. 19. Just ten days earlier, her father was hospitalized after being “gored in the groin by a bull” on Aug. 11.
The Ombudsman of Andalusia referred the image, posted to Ordonez’s Instagram account, to Spanish prosecutors.
The image initially provoked furor on social media, lead by animal activists like comedian Ricky Gervais, who tweeted: “Mental, dangerous & cruel. With or without a baby.”
However, Ordonez’s fellow bullfighters rallied to his defence, posting images of their own children in the ring.
Ordonez followed the original message, which spoke of Carmen’s “debut”, with a post apparently showing him in his father’s arms in front of a charging bull, alongside the caption: “History repeats itself.”
He also tweeted: “To think that I put my daughter’s safety in danger is a barbaridad [atrocity].”