These gruesome pictures show the moment a matador held aloft a bull's chopped off ears, just minutes after it almost gored her to death. Bullfighter Lea Vicens, 30, was seen falling from her horse as the animal charged at her during the Feria de Nimes - an annual festival in southern France. The bull then drove its horns into Ms Vicens, bringing gasps from the crowd as the French bullfighter narrowly avoided serious injury. The matador was back on her feet moments later and chopped off the bull's ears, holding them up in front of the thousands of people packed inside the arena as blood trickled down her hands. Bull's ears and tails are often cut off after bullfights as a grisly trophy to the matador. After the bull has died, the presidente - or man running the event - decides if the fighter has earned the right to take home an ear. If the bullfighter puts on a particularly good show, they can take home both ears and even the creature's tail. Over the day, Ms Vicens took a total of three ears, while her fighting partner Diego Ventura was awarded four ears and a tail. The five-day celebration in Nimes, where Ms Vicens was born, sees bullfights take place twice daily, with revellers gathering at bars and nightclubs after the controversial fights. Ms Vicens has a reputation for her energetic and exciting performances, with spectators paying up to €104 (£75) for a seat at her fights. In 2012, the matador won plaudits in France for cutting 60 ears and 10 tails off bulls.