Bullfighter, 20, gets gored in the backside while performing in his hometown ...

A French bullfighter let the animal live after he got a horn up the backside while performing in his hometown. 

Andy Younes, 20, was in the ring in Arles, equidistant from Marseille and Montpellier in the south of France, when the animal got after him. 

Dramatic photographs captured the moment the young matador was caught by the bull, sending him tumbling to the ground. 

And while the bull is usually killed at the end of a performance, if the animal shows exceptional skill they are pardoned and sent back to the ranch on which they were reared to live out their days.  

French bullfighter Andy Younes is charged by a Spanish Jandilla first bull during the Feria du Riz, on April 1, 2018 in Arles, southern France

Younes, 20, is sent skywards by the bull, who got after him inside the ring in Arles, which is equidistant from Marseille and Montpellier 

Younes, 20, is sent skywards by the bull, who got after him inside the ring in Arles, which is equidistant from Marseille and Montpellier 

The young matador grimaces as he hits the ground in the bullring in front of a packed house

The young matador grimaces as he hits the ground in the bullring in front of a packed house

Younes (pictured), who entered the bullring for the first time when he was just five years old, was performing at the Feria de Paques Easter festivities in Arles, southern France, on Sunday

Younes (pictured), who entered the bullring for the first time when he was just five years old, was performing at the Feria de Paques Easter festivities in Arles, southern

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