A farmer told yesterday how he pretended to be dead after being thrown more than 3 metres by a one-and-a-half ton bull and repeatedly gored.

Lawrence Haygarth - who suffered ruptured lungs, 17 broken ribs, a ruptured spleen and damage to almost every vital organ - said: “I didn’t think I was going to survive.

“I could feel my ribs snapping like carrots and feel my lungs filling up with blood. I knew the only thing I could do was feign death to survive.”

It was only then that the Belgian Blue walked away, leaving Mr Haygarth, 69, in agony on his 100-acre farm in Penrith, Cumbria, where he had been herding cattle.

The alarm was raised by his grandson, Alfie Green, 11, who had been working in a nearby field.

Mr Haygarth was airlifted to Royal Lancaster Hospital and spent two weeks in intensive care after the attack last October.

The bull was sold for slaughter days later.

Mr Haygarth said: “I’ve got over it now, but I am not the man I was. Nowhere near. But I am lucky to be alive.” - Daily Mail