2:59pm UK, Sunday January 25, 2009
A child matador has killed six young bulls in a fight that child and animal protection campaigners tried to stop.
Michelito in a bullfight in November 2008
Michelito Lagravere, 11, was allowed to take part in the event after a court in south east Mexico rejected a bid to halt it.
"I'm happy to have achieved this great victory," he said before leaving the bloodied bull ring in Merida.
A judge gave the go-ahead for him to fight the six calves, aged one or two years, after reviewing licenses and permits submitted by his father, former French bullfighter Michel Lagravere.
"We produced all the authorisations and guarantees we were following the rules, including the essential agreement from the National Association of Matadors," said Mr Lagravere.
"Michelito has fought bulls since he was six years old and he's never had a serious accident."
Around 3,500 people, including many young children, gathered at the ring to witness Michelito in action.
A video of the fight will be sent to Guinness World Records for consideration - for the number of bulls killed and the age of the bullfighter.
Michelito has killed dozens of bulls in Mexico, but several of his fights were banned in France last summer after protests.