A 21-year-old man, identified by friends as a Naval Academy midshipman, was injured last night while riding a live bull in front of several hundred people at a bar near Baltimore-Washington International Airport, authorities said.
The man was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where a spokesman said he was in stable condition late last night.
The unidentified man was riding on the animal's back at Cancun Cantina about 8:30 p.m. when he was struck in the head by the bull's head, then fell or was tossed to the ground. Bull handlers pulled him from the ring.
Kim Toskov, who identified herself as the wife of the club's owner, said the Cantina holds the rodeo contest every other week.
The victim was taken from the bar, in the 7500 block of Old Telegraph Road, to Shock Trauma by paramedics from BWI, said Battalion Chief John Scholz of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.
Scholz said the mishap occurred when the bull reared back its head as the man was thrown forward.
The man was dressed in civilian, "cowboy-type" clothes, Scholz said. Friends at the scene identified him as a Naval Academy midshipman, he said.
Naval Academy officials could not be reached for comment.