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Tico-style bullfights: some call it animal abuse, others a tradition

Although killing the bull is not allowed in Costa Rica-style bullfights, animal rights advocates claim bulls are subjected to cruel abuse.

Grecia: The Costa Rican Toucan with the prosthetic beak

Grecia is now on public display for visitors of ZooAve animal shelter in La Garita, Alajuela. The famous toucan may soon have a partner.

Tico bullfights and horse shows: Tradition or torment?

Costa Rican bullfights and horse parades are a proud cultural tradition for many. But increased scrutiny in recent years is shedding light on the darker side of the revelry.

PHOTOS: The best of Palmares Tope 2016

The annual Palmares Fiestas kicked off Thursday at 1 p.m. with the tope (horse parade), which featured approximately 2,500 riders and horses.

Bullfighter gored at Zapote festival remains in serious condition

An amateur bullfighter remains in serious condition at a hospital in San José after he was flung into the air by a 990-pound bull Sunday night at the close of the annual Zapote festival.

Animal rights activists protest against Tico-style bullfights

Dozens of animal rights activists gathered during the opening of the Zapote festival, east of San José, to protest against one of the celebration’s main event: Tico-style bullfights.

Malacrianza, Costa Rica’s most famous bull, dies at 16

After killing two riders, Malacrianza morphed into a Costa Rican legend and the bull's story reinvigorated the dwindling popularity of Costa Rican rodeo.

PHOTOS: Bulls, beer and injuries at Costa Rica’s annual Zapote festival

Welcome to Zapote, San José’s giant end-of-year festival where Tico-style bullfights are the main event.

Costa Rica’s most dangerous creatures

Costa Rica is full of adorable, cuddly and fascinating creatures, and it also has its fair share of animals that could kill you. Though animal-related deaths are extremely rare, it’s good to have an idea of what animals can cause you some serious harm.

18 photos from Costa Rica’s big time city rodeo

Cowboys and cowgirls from Costa Rica and as far away as New Zealand competed in the National Stadium this weekend in San José.

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