“People Were Just Running on Top of Her”: Hours After Shocking Bull Riding Tragedy, 5-Year-Old’s Mother Reveals Terrifying Scenes

Published 05/30/2023, 2:14 PM EDT

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When there aren’t enough spectators in the stands, a bull riding competition just isn’t the same. On the other hand, the evening may quickly turn ugly when the bull gets out of hand and charges the crowd. This occurred during a recent rodeo night in Kununurra, Australia, and it is every bull riding fan’s worst fear.

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At the Kununurra Rodeo Grounds, a video of a bull charging through the crowd went viral on social media and in the local press. In this rampage, Aubrey, a five-year-old little girl, was one of two people hurt; she was taken to the hospital after being a victim of the ensuing stampede. The young girl’s mother revealed the horrible details to 7News.

Bull riding night went severely wrong

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The Top End Mustering Rodeo took place in Kununurra on Saturday night, and rodeo enthusiasts had fun. There was music and dancing when suddenly there was a noise, and the audience didn’t know what it was. A raging bull, with nothing else to do but cause mayhem, quickly emerged from the crowd. Everyone’s natural desire to flee was triggered as the bull charged into the throng. Scared for their safety, the audience quickly ran for life. Local officials estimated that there were around 200 individuals at the site and that 15 of them needed immediate medical attention.

Two innocent people, including a 5-year-old girl named Aubrey, had to be taken to the hospital. As per the report by 7News, the mother of Aubrey, Natalie Ripps, mentions the disastrous situation, saying, “When I found Aubrey she was laying on the ground and people were just running on top of her so it was pretty scary and she wasn’t moving so that was pretty terrifying.” There was serious danger in the arena since the bull could have hurt anybody there, but the rodeo officials arrived quickly to help.

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Damage control was the key to saving lives

According to eyewitnesses, rodeo authorities reacted immediately to the crisis. They hurried to the bull in an effort to keep it under control. As a result of the need for first aid, the local medics also came. Likewise, rodeo rider Lance Bedford Jr. raced into the ring to aid in corralling the frightened bull. The bull was eventually subdued with everyone’s combined efforts. The Kununurra Campdraft and Rodeo Association (KCRA) made a statement regarding the incident right afterward.

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The KCRA stated that the bull wandered off because of a faulty gate lock. Also, they made sure the animal was safely removed from the crowd and declared that the KCRA is working to prevent such incidents in the future. However, the rodeo grounds will be more heavily patrolled, but the festivities will still take place there.

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