Lion takes a bite out of Ospreys hooker Bald­win

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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.”

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