20/02/2012 11:42 GMT

Dwarf Bullfighters Perform In Colombia

A troupe of dwarves and clowns donned Matador outfits to take part in bullfights across South America.

Pint-sized actors Franklin Marcano and Gustavo Murillo performed at La Macarena bullring in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia, this weekend.

The pair are part of a larger group who tour South America putting on shows at fairs and patron saint festivals.

Bullfighting dwarves are popular in South America, where the participants admit they tread a fine line between mocked for their size and respected for their skill, USA Today reported.

Calves instead of fully-grown bulls are used in the ring and unlike traditional bullfights, the animals are not harmed.