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Good gored! Bull catches matador and tears an eight-inch hole in his side

These are the pictures that will give you a new appreciation for your nice, safe office job today.

Tossed into the air like a rag doll, Spanish matador Israel Lancho is gored by a bull in Madrid on Wednesday.





The matador is now in critical condition after the bullfight at the San Isidro's fair in Las Ventas bullring.

His gaping wound is nearly eight inches wide, with Spanish press claiming it was a miracle the bull's horn had missed his heart.

Lancho, 30, had confessed he did not think he would survive. He is expected to remain in the intensive care unit of a Madrid hospital for several more days before being transferred to a clinic for at least a week.


Don't get in a flap, it's just a cat with furry wings

Someone should tell the birds to look out - now cats are growing wings.

At least, this cat in the Chinese city of Chongqing in China appears to be.







Animal experts have been left baffled by the fluffy white moggy, who was born normal - but began growing wing-shaped appendages on either side of his spine when he was just a year old.

Some experts believe the bony 'wings' are in fact a freak mutation - a Siamese twin growing inside the kitty.

Others think the mutation may be genetic, caused by chemicals during his mother's pregnancy.

Whatever the answer is, the cat does not seem to mind - with his owners even claiming he enjoys all the attention.

A cue at two: Meet the toddler who's a pool prodigy (and learning his colours at the same time)

A New York toddler still in nappies has a growing reputation as a pool shark with a mean bank shot - even though he has to stand on a chair to reach the table.

Two-year-old Keith O'Dell Jr has youngest member of the American Pool Association.




The son of pool-playing parents, the toddler recently travelled to Las Vegas to put on a demonstration for the APA, the governing body of amateur pool.

Keith started playing pool on a child-size table - but has since moved up to a regulation table.

His parents say his learning hasn't been limited to billiard games. Pool is also teaching him colours and how to count.

So that's how you cut an elephant's toenails

He might have preferred shocking pink, or a gold that would have twinkled in the sunlight as he lumbered along.

But since Boy the elephant was asleep during his pedicure he had no choice in the colour of varnish smeared on his nails - and ended up with boring dark blue.

His beauty treatment at Kiev Zoo, in the Ukraine, was a truly jumbo task involving a saw, power grinders and quite a few pairs of hands.






The pedicure was done for Boy's benefit, as his nails had grown too long for comfort. It didn't look particularly pleasant, however, as the German vet and his assistants hacked away at his tippytoes, clippings flying off into the air.

Thankfully the 12,000lb Asian elephant, who is 39, had been heavily sedated for the procedure.

Afterwards, with a helpful push on the rump, Boy got up and wandered off - presumably to admire his nails and blowdry them with his trunk.

Am I on the ring road? Stunt driver defies gravity on the world's biggest loop-the-loop

It was definitely not the time to be having second thoughts.

For the driver attempting the world's largest loop-the-loop, a moment's hesitation could have been fatal.

If stuntman Steve Truglia had been too timid in his acceleration, his yellow Toyota would have reached the top of the track and dropped like a stone.



But if he had driven in too fast, the G-force generated could have knocked him unconscious.

Either way, his route down from the high point of the 40ft loop would have been, shall we say, less than graceful.

But as this extraordinary picture shows, Mr Truglia's timing and speed were perfect.

The breathtaking stunt - planned with the help of a Cambridge physicist - was filmed at a Suffolk airbase for Channel Five's car show Fifth Gear.

It will be shown in a special episode next Saturday at 11.30am.



John Nolan, of North One Television, which produces Fifth Gear, admitted that Mr Truglia was dicing with death by taking on the challenge - known to stuntmen as the 'death loop'.

'This is definitely the highest loop-the-loop in a real car ever,' he said. 'If he had blacked out he might not be here now.'

To stop this happening, Mr Truglia took part in endurance training in an aircraft to get his body used to the stresses of the G-forces involved.

Fighter pilots are trained to tense the muscles in their legs, arms and abdomens to restrict the flow of blood away from their brains, which could cause a blackout.

Mr Truglia also had to overcome his natural urge to bail out.

But after successfully completing the stunt, he is now ready for his next adventure - skydiving from space.

The pregnant woman killed with her unborn son by an out-of-control sports car

A mother-to-be and her unborn child were killed when a car mounted a pavement and mowed her down in front of her husband.

Anne-Marie McCreadie, 29, was walking with Andrew, 31, and a male friend after enjoying an afternoon out.

But as they strolled along the pavement a BMW coupe careered off the road, hit the kerb and mounted the pavement.

The sports car then plowed into the pregnant woman causing her horrendous injuries.

An ambulance rushed to the scene close to the town centre in the picturesque town on Penrith in Cumbria and paramedics treated her before taking her to hospital.

Surgeons battled to save Mrs McCreadie, who was more than six months pregnant, but she and her unborn baby boy were later pronounced dead.

The male driver of the BMW was arrested by police at the scene of the accident on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.



Last night Mrs McCreadie's husband and family were being comforted by friends and were too distraught to speak of the tragedy.

Mr McCreadie, a placed a message on Twitter which said: 'My heart is breaking over my wife and son. God bless you both.'

Sources said the couple, who had been married for 10 years, were extremely close and looking forward to the birth of their first child.

They were excited and had been a chosing name for their baby son whose birth was due within the next few weeks. It is believed they had decided to call their son, Ben.



Last night family, friends and well-wishers left flowers and heartfelt tributes for Mrs mccreadie at the scene of the accident.

One left by relative Ella Fears said: 'The family is gutted and the family will never be the same without both of you.

'I've got a picture of you and am going to keep the picture in my room to always remember you. On Sunday we all went to church and your name was mentioned.'

Her sister Hannah, six, said: 'Anne-Marie I miss you very much. Ben, you are so cute.'

An elderly neighbour said: 'She was a very polite, pleasant young woman, We didn't know her very well but she and her husband were hardworking and dedicated to each other. They are a joy to have as neighbours.'

Another neighbour said: 'They are a very nice couple who were very well liked. Everyone is shocked by this tragedy.'

The tragedy happened at around 6.30pm after the couple and a friend had enjoyed an afternoon out in Penrith.

As they were walking down a street close to the town centre a BMW couple careered off the road, mounted the pavement and hit Mrs Mccreadie.



The 29-year-old was rushed to Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary by ambulance but she and her unborn child lost their fight for life.

Police arrested a male driver at the scene of the accident and have launched an investigation into the incident.

A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: 'A blue BMW coupe mounted the pavement and collided with a pregnant female pedestrian who was walking with her husband and a male friend. The woman sustained serious pelvic injuries.

'The male driver of the BMW was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is currently being detained at Carlisle police station where he is helping police with their enquiries.'

The Indian village where there are 220 sets of twins has doctors baffled

Baffled doctors are trying to unravel the mystery of an Indian village boasting more than 220 sets of twins born to just 2,000 families.

Experts who have visited the remote tropical village of Kodinhi, in Kerala, have been left scratching their heads over the phenomenon that has seen almost six times as many twins born than the global average.

In 2008 alone 15 pairs of twins were born in the village out of 300 healthy deliveries and this year is expected to top that number



In the last five years alone up to 60 pairs of twins have been born - with the rate of twins increasing year-on-year.

Local doctor and twin enthusiast Dr Krishnan Sribiju has been studying the medical marvel of Kodinhi for the past two years.

Although 220 sets of twins have been officially registered in the village Dr Sribiju believes the real number to be far higher.

'In my medical opinion there are around 300 to 350 twins within the village boundaries of Kodinhi,' he said.

'What is fascinating is the increasing numbers of twins with each passing year, so much so that I feel in the past ten years the number of twins in Kodinhi has doubled.'



According to villagers, the twin phenomenon only started occurring three generations ago. Dr Sribiju can barely contain his excitement discussing the possible scientific implications of the village.

'To the best of my knowledge this medical marvel began somewhere between 60 to 70 years ago.

'Without access to detailed biochemical analysis equipment I cannot say for certain what the reason for the twinning is, but I feel that it is something to do with what the villagers eat and drink.

'If that is the case then maybe whatever is causing this exceptional level of twinning can be bottled and provide help for infertile couples.' Categorising the twin phenomenon as a naturally occurring anomaly, Dr Sribiju has ruled out genetic factors as the cause due to the localised nature of the village.

He also dismisses any suggestion that the unusual level of twins could be caused by an unknown pollutant pointing to the high number of healthy twins born without any deformities.

'There are lots of reasons for twins, but let me explain the underlying uniqueness of Kodinhi,' said Dr Sribiju, 40.



'The number of twins per thousand here is around 45 per 1,000 births.

'Indian, and by that I mean Asian, people on the sub-continent have the lowest acknowledged incidences of twinning in the world at around four per thousand.

'In addition, there is no IVF treatment here because of the prohibitive cost. Global rates of twins being born, especially in the western world, have increased because of artificial insemination.

'Also, twins are born usually to older, more mature women. In Kodinhi that is not the case because marriage happens much younger here at around 18-20 years old and families begin very soon after.

'Another factor that bucks the trend is that twins occur in women who are generally over 5ft 3in in height. The height of women in Kodinhi is around 5ft on average.'

The residents of Kodinhi, which is in the lush state of Kerala in the south of India, have even taken to calling their home 'twin town' and have gone as far as to set up the Twins and Kin Association (TAKA).



'TAKA has been set up to register and provide support for the twins of Kodinhi and their families,' said Puallani Bhaskaran, 50, the association's president and the proud father of twin boys

Stunning pictures of the California Fires

Thousands of residents have fled from a wind-fuelled inferno that has devastated exclusive multi-million pound homes in Santa Barbara, California.














Miracle roll: Rally pair's amazing escape after their car spins through the air at 115mph

This is the moment a rally driver had an astonishing escape after his car flipped through the air with such force it ripped off his crash helmet.

Darren Pool, 35, was travelling at 115mph when a gust of strong wind caught the side of his Talbot Sunbeam as it went over a small jump.

The car flipped five times on its side and twice end-over-end and at one point his crash helmet was seen flying out of the car window.



One of Darren's arms can be seen dangling out of the window and the whole ordeal was watched by his horrified family.

The battered car eventually came to a halt 150 yards from the tracks and rescuers feared he and co-driver Chris Beer, 37, had been killed.

But Darren suffered only minor cuts and Chris escaped with bruises to his face.

Both men were airlifted to hospital but have now been released following the horror smash at the RDP Welsh Rally Epynt in Wales.

Father-of-one Darren, a mechanic from Exeter, spoke of the moment he lost control of the car.

He said: 'I was going over a jump I'd done about 25 times before but this time for some reason we lost our line while we were in the air.



'There was a gust of wind and we realised we were coming down all wrong and were going to land off the track.

'The car landed in a ditch and just started rolling over and over. After a few rolls my helmet was ripped off my head and at one stage my arms and legs were hanging out of the window.

'You have a very short time to react - it was very scary. It felt like we were in a tumble drier, although it was a bit of a blur really.

'I would guess we were only rolling for a couple of seconds but it felt like ten minutes.

'The bend where it happened is very accessible to spectators and it makes it even worse to know the family were watching 30 yards to the side.

'Dad came running over and said he was fearing the worst when he saw me. He really thought I was dead.'



Darren and Chris both lost consciousness momentarily before being removed from the car and flown to hospital to be checked over.

They were later released with just bruises after the crash at 9.30am on Sunday.

Chris, also a mechanic, said he felt 'lucky to be alive' after medics told him the force of the rolling car had forced his internal organs upwards and nearly ripped his eyes out of his head.

He said: 'It feels like I've been in the ring with Mike Tyson. But I also feel very lucky to be alive.

'After the crash I knew I had been in a serious accident and I was just relieved my arms and legs were still attached.

'When it happened we had just been congratulating each other on how well we had done on the first stage of the race - as we were lying in 6th place.'

The pair, who are both amateur drivers, know each other because Darren's wife Victoria, 34, is the sister of Chris's fiancie Carol, 35.

Darren's £20,000 car was written off in what was the first accident either had been involved in on the track.

Pilot's miracle escape as plane crash lands ... on a pile of Portaloos

With his plane stalling at 150 feet, and no time to return to the runway, the pilot of a Cessna 182 was probably in need of the toilet.

Luckily, he found a whole pile of them, and the crash landing on top of piles of portable loos probably saved his life.

The Cessna 182 crashed on Friday afternoon in Washington state after taking off from Thun Field, an airfield owned by Pierce County southeast of Tacoma.



The plane was about 150 feet (45 meters) in the air when the engine quit.

Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said the pilot tried to turn around to land but didn't quite make it.

The plane hit a fence, flipped over and landed upside down on top of the portable toilets standing in a storage yard.

The pilot, whose identity has not been released, was able to walk away apparently unharmed.

Artists turns her old Skoda Fabia into an 'invisible car'

It's a familiar feeling - you park your car, head to the shops and on your return you forget where you left it.

But art student Sara Watson could be forgiven for such a lapse - because she has created an invisible car.




The University of Central Lancashire artist made the incredible optical illusion by spray painting a battered Skoda Fabia to match the car park and entrance to her art studio.

The car - which was created as part of Sara's drawing and image making course - is reminiscent of the work of pavement artist Julian Beever whose work has caused a storm in central London.

To create his images, he uses a camera lens to look at the stretch of pavement he is working on and visualise the picture.

He then plots a drawing which will play tricks on the way in which our minds 'read' perspective to create an impression of depth on the flat surface of the paving stones.

Among his other works he has created a deep swimming pool realistic enough that shoppers swerve to avoid it, chalked on the street.

His lifelike 3D works of Coca-Cola bottles, sunbathing women and globes appear to spring out of the ground, ready to trip you up.