Do Son fest stopped as buffalo kills owner
Authorities in the northern port city of Hai Phong halted the Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival on Saturday after a man was gored to death by his buffalo.
Dinh Xuan Huong, 47, a Do Son District native, was thrown into the air by his buffalo. He succumbed to his injuries late Saturday afternoon.
They also ordered Do Son District, the festival organisers, to have all buffaloes in the competition undergo doping tests and to review security and safety measures.
On Saturday morning, soon after the festival opened in the city’s Do Son Stadium, buffalo number 18, while fighting a fellow creature, turned on its owner, gored him in the thigh, chest and neck, and then threw him into the air.
The victim dinh Xuan Huong, 47, a Do Son District native, was rushed unconscious to the hospital and succumbed to his injuries late Saturday afternoon.
This is the first time such an incident has happened at the Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival, which is recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.