A man used his walking cane to save his neighbor, and then himself, from a bull attack in Estacada Friday.
The situation happened around noon on South Cadonau Road. Firefighters said the 62-year-old victim was bringing his bull into a co-mingling area with cows in preparation for mating.
Emergency crews said the bull became upset, broke loose and trampled the unidentified rancher.
Fortunately, Robert Sullivan was already heading over to talk to his neighbor.
Sullivan said he heard the man yelling for help. He tried to get there as fast as he could, but after a recent knee surgery, he is getting around with the assistance of a cane.
That cane turned out to be an asset.
Sullivan said he started hitting the bull with the cane, trying to get the animal off his neighbor. Sullivan said the bull then turned on him and cut his back with its horns.
Fortunately, though, both men managed to get away.
"I was kind of scared, yeah," Sullivan said. "I was screaming like a baby when he was swinging his horns at me."
The man trampled by the bull was flown to a Portland hospital. Paramedics initially had concerns about internal bleeding, but the man's family told Fox 12 that wasn't the case. He did suffer numerous gore marks on his body.
The family said Sullivan may have saved their loved one's life. He will remain in the hospital for at least the next few days.
"He thanked me," Sullivan said. "I'm sure he appreciates someone coming along and giving him some help."
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