MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A half-ton bull named "Little Bird" has flown into Mexico's history books by leaping into a packed crowd of bullfight fans and injuring seven in a panicked frenzy.

Television images from a bullfight on Sunday showed terrified spectators scattering as the 1,107-pound (503-kg) beast jumped over the heads of stunned journalists and crashed into the most expensive seats at the vast Mexico City ring.

The rampaging bull -- whose name "Pajarito," means "Little Bird" in English -- gored one woman, who is hospitalized with a 6-inch (15-cm) gash in her chest. Several other people were also injured before a bullfighter stabbed the animal to death with his sword.

Bullfighting remains a popular sport in Mexico, although it does not draw the same crowds as during its heyday in the middle of last century.

Mexico City's bullring was built 60 years ago and is one of the biggest in the world, holding 48,000 spectators. Little Bird was the first bull in the ring's history to jump into the crowd