Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Watch: The moment Welsh Rugby player Scott Baldwin gets bitten by lion

Lion and Scott Baldwin (Victoria Jones/David Davies/PA)
Lion and Scott Baldwin (Victoria Jones/David Davies/PA)

OSPREYS hooker Scott Baldwin missed Saturday’s game against the Cheetahs in South Africa following an unfortunate run-in with a lion at a game park.

In a video shared on Twitter by former England player Andy Goode, players can be seen in a game park in Bloemfontein meeting lions. As Baldwin pets one of the lions on the head, it suddenly bites his hand.

https://twitter.com/AndyGoode10/status/913879469798166528

The front-rower can be heard yelping as the lion nips him, but staff remain calm, talking about his need to receive first aid.

Baldwin was visiting South Africa as part of the Guinness Pro14 league, which sees teams from Ireland, Scotland, Italy and South Africa competing throughout the season, when the incident occurred.

After the incident on Wednesday, Baldwin took to Twitter to apologise to his teammates and fans for missing the game due to the incident.

Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy clearly had little sympathy for his hooker, who was taken to hospital for stitches and treatment to prevent an infection.

At a press conference, he said: “There was an incident with a lion, but in fairness it was nothing to do with the lion. 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.”

Tandy also confirmed the injury was “not too serious” and that Baldwin would travel back with the team after the game.

The Welsh side clearly missed their player, losing 44-25 to the Cheetahs.