January 2nd, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) A 27-year-old missionary from the United States who was gored by a bull at the Zapote bullfights will recover, officials at the Calderon Guardia Hospital confirmed earlier this week, adding he should be able to leave the hospital shortly.
The victim, Derek Alan Pettner, had been misidentified by the last name “Derry” in initial reports.
Pettner was gored by the 500-kilo bull known as “Charralero,” at the Fiestas de Zapote. The annual “bullfights” in Zapote are considered the largest of such events in the country.
Unlike some other Latin countries, “bullfighting” in Costa Rica does not involve the actual killing or maiming of the animal, but rather is an amateur event where untrained men enter the ring and taunt the bull.
During last year’s event, a 28-year-old Costa Rican man died after being gored in the neck on January 14th, 2013.