Probably written in the 1940s or 1950s, this story featured an intelligent talking bull who asked to be entered into a bullfight to get revenge on the cruel humans who killed his brethren.

The story had a post-apocalyptic feeling to it, but that was mostly in the background. There was something in it about atomic bomb testing.

I think there was also a duel between the bull's owner and some yahoo, but I don't remember that as clearly. Animals turning the tables on humans is what stuck with me.

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    If you enjoyed this one, you might like "The bull that thought" by Rudyard Kipling. Quite a similar theme. – Valorum Mar 19 '16 at 14:41

This is Robert Ernest Gilbert's (1953) "Thy Rocks and Rills".

An intelligent (talking) bull is spoiling for a bullfight.

Stonecypher concealed spear and dummy beneath the floor of the dog house. Going to the paddock, he patted the bull between the horns, which had been filed to a needle point. "Still goin' through with it?" Stonecypher asked.

"Yaaaa," the bull lowed. "Yaooo kuhl Daan. Err'll kuhl uhhh kuhlerrs."

His intelligence was the result of atomic bombs and mutations

"The scientists got real excited when they heard about it, 'cause they wanted to see how horrible they could make Atomic Bomb. So, they shipped fifty-nine cattle up to Oak Ridge. That was a Government town, a hundred miles southwest of here, where they made some of the stuff to put in Atomic Bomb. The University of Tennessee was runnin' an experimental farm there. They had donkeys, and pigs, and chickens, and other animals that they exposed to radioactivity. Then they killed 'em and cut 'em up to see what had happened. I know it's gruesome, but that's how it was.

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