Junior Ezar Bessinger was attacked Wednesday and suffered broken bones and gashes covering his upper body.

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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Polk County deputies say a 61-year-old Lakeland man who was gored by a bull and crawled to safety is hospitalized and recovering.

Junior Ezar Bessinger was attacked Wednesday and suffered broken bones and gashes covering his upper body.

The Lakeland Ledger reports that Bessinger was at the Cattleman's Livestock Auction and loading two bulls and a cow into a chute that led to a tractor-trailer when one of the bulls turned on him.

The black-and-white bull rammed Bessinger, stomped him and gored him several times with its horns.

Officials said Bessinger managed to crawl out of the pen and call 911 with a broken clavicle and a collapsed lung.

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