Miuras, dangerous in the second encierro on July 8
The Miuras have been present in every fiesta of San Fermín for almost 300 years. They are completely different from every breed of bull, known for their size, speed and their tendency to run in a pack to the ring.
In the second encierro of Sanfermines on July 8, the Miuras were as fast as usual – 2.27 minutes – but danger was waiting in every corner. The Saint had his work cut out for him protecting runners as the bulls began to separate on the slope of Santo Domingo. At the plaza of the Town Hall, “Navajito”, number 20, weighing 640 kilos, began to run ahead of the herd, sweeping runners out of his way and creating moments of real panic. When “Navajito” reached the curve of Estafeta street, he found himself with a solid block of people and used his immense horns to bully through. The rest of the herd followed the lead bull into the ring, permitting runs that veterans dream about.
In spite of “Navajito”, the Red Cross treated only slight injuries in addition to one man with a contusion who was taken to hospital.