Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Is it true that a red flag agitates a bull?

It is generally believed that anything red makes a bull angry and causes it to attack. Therefore, the bull fighter has to have a bright red cape and use a red cloth.

The truth is that if the bull fighter had any other colored cloth he would be able to accomplish the same reaction from the bull. Bulls are color blind.

Many experiments were conducted where they used white cloth and got the bulls to behave in the same way as with the red cloth.

The reason is the movement of the cape and not the color of the cloth that brings about the reaction in the bull. Anything waved in front of a bull would excite it.