It was the first day of the Yuba-Sutter Fair when the unexpected happened: a 1,200 pound steer in the ringside area, for some reason, got spooked.
“He reared up on his two back legs, and his two front legs ended up on my shoulders and brought me to the ground. A little boy had gotten in the way, but he was fine because I pushed him aside” said Carlos Ortiz
His quick reaction prevented further injury to the boy standing nearby.
At that moment, people came rushing in from every direction to help
“They reacted so quickly. I got the phone call, I couldn’t even get down here fast enough, and they had already transported him. I need to commend everybody that responded to this young man when this happened,” said Regina Goody, CEO of the fair.
Carlos attributes his quick reaction to his years working with animals, and the lessons he learned in the FFA.
“Ms. Allen, my ag teacher, has taught me that ever animal has its own reactions, because every animal is going to mimic if not copycat you with how your react,” Ortiz said.
Even battered and bruised, he doesn’t blame his steer named “buddy”
“He’s a great steer. It’s not like he meant it intentionally. He was tired and he wanted to get my attention, and he surely did,” Ortiz said.