Lion takes a bite out of Ospreys hooker Baldwin
Wales hooker Scott Baldwin was described as “pretty lucky” and “pretty stupid” after being bitten on the hand by a lion in Bloemfontein.
The incident happened at a game park prior to the Ospreys’ PRO14 game against South African franchise the Cheetahs, which the Welsh side lost 44-25, and the 29-year-old was taken to hospital on Thursday to receive stitches and treatment against infection.
Coach Steve Tandy had no sympathy for his player, suggesting Baldwin had ignored instructions and attempted to pet the animal.
“There was an incident with a lion, but in fairness it was nothing to do with the lion,” he said in a press conference, which was uploaded to YouTube.
“He did bite Scott but when you put your hand in a fence where there is a lion, then you will get bitten.
“It was pretty stupid on Scott’s behalf and he is pretty lucky. It was a good environment and we were told how far back to stand.
“I don’t know what sort of wildlife show Scott has been watching where you can pat a lion on the head as if it’s a kitten.”