Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Toro Bravo

The matador teaches the bull to attack the cloth. When the bull hits air, he becomes agitated. During the bullfight, the matador gives a half step toward the animal to encourage the attack.

Toro Bravo is an anomaly, a quirk of nature and a distant cousin to the domestic beef animal. The bloodline of the bull is protected for centuries by breeding on special ranches. The Toro Bravo, I learned by reading Two Hearts, One Sword by Fred J. Renk, "inherits its size and strength from his father, but his bravery is a gift of his mother, the vaca."

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