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Reuters Photog Gets Into a Fight With a Bull, Somehow Saves His Camera

When firefighter Joseba Etxaburu isn’t putting out flames, he works as a photo stringer for Reuters, and for the past 12-years he’s been attending the San Fermin festival in Spain, more commonly known as the “running of the bulls”. This year, however, while covering the release of wild cows into the bullring, he got a little bit more personal with one of his subjects than even he was comfortable with:

I think the cow had spotted me from the start and didn’t like the look of what she saw. She had a crooked horn and maybe she was self-conscious about being photographed. She kept her eye on me and started advancing. I tried to back away using a circular motion. It’s never a good idea to run to or from bulls or cows in a straight line. They are faster than you and will catch you. It’s better to move in a curve. They have less ability to turn than we do and there’s a chance you can out-turn her. On this day though that didn’t happen. She came at me and while I was trying to dodge, I slipped.

I grabbed onto her horn to stop her tossing me. It worked but she stepped on my elbow, which is the biggest scratch I got that day. With my other hand I held onto my camera. Those things aren’t cheap.

The whole altercation, Wild Cow vs Photog, was caught on camera by Reuters photographer Susan Vera:

You have to give the man credit, even as his life is in danger he holds on tight to his trusty SLR. It’s moments like this you wonder what you would do if faced with a charging bull, and chances are the answer doesn’t have your camera making it out alive. Check out the whole story over on the Reuters Blog.

Photographer vs. wild cow (via PopPhoto)


Image credits: Photographs by REUTERS/Susana Vera


 
  • Samcornwell

    Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”

  • Mark Perry

    Cow is obviously a Nikon shooter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kyoshib Kyoshi Becker

    He’s a Camera collector! My cameras get more abuse and they still work well…

  • http://www.facebook.com/makofoto Mako Koiwai

    Huh … why wasn’t he getting close up shots ?! :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/aydensgrace Ayden Gotzmer

    The camera he’s holding is a Nikon.

  • dodude

    its a 1d series.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    Can’t wait until bull runs and bull fights are put out of business. such a horrible and disgusting form of “entertainment”. no sympthay for anyone who get’s gored or killed via bulls in these kinds of unnatural environments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MarkDDickinson Mark Dickinson

    people see a sliver of red and they’re like canon

  • http://www.facebook.com/MarkDDickinson Mark Dickinson

    people see a sliver of red and they’re like canon

  • http://www.facebook.com/MarkDDickinson Mark Dickinson

    I love the title.. Photographer vs. wild cow… Milk this cow…

  • http://www.facebook.com/MarkDDickinson Mark Dickinson

    I love the title.. Photographer vs. wild cow… Milk this cow…

  • Wallerus

    Yeap, Nikon lens with a Red “L” ring? hmm

  • Wallerus

    Yeap, Nikon lens with a Red “L” ring? hmm

  • dodude

    look at the body, not the lens

  • http://ronbailey.net ronbailey

    That’s a cow, not a bull. Which is one reason he’s still alive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cornelia.viljoen.18 Cornelia Viljoen

    i think the tog need to get a longer lens…after this he’ll invest in that 600mm:)

  • Mark Perry

    Without listing the dozen or so tell-tale signs that it’s a Canon, one thing is certain–you can not mount a Canon lens to a Nikon body. =P

  • val escobar

    Yup it’s a cow, and still dangerous. I should know. Years ago when a was a “yout” and living in Spain. We visited a bull fighting farm. We got to chase some young cows.
    When this one cow chased me, I cleared the fence with a singled bound. Yea! I felt awesome. The next time, feeling braver, I didn’t fare as well. I got gorged. The horn landed inches right from my groin.
    I believe the horns were “blunted”. Hence my two lovely kids. It was more frighting than painful. But I wore that bruise proudly!

    This was during the mid 60’s. things WERE cooler then.

  • Pompo

    why is there sand on the ground though? They should mount Gopros on the bulls next year! Imagine dat!

  • ian webb

    I think anybody who gets involved in the running of the bulls and gets slightly injured deserve what happens to them…as it should not be aloud… now the camera on the other hand had a lucky escape, and should rest awhile…