Wales rugby star Scott Baldwin bitten by lion after trying to pet it in South Africa

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WALES rugby star Scott Baldwin was bitten by a lion while trying to pet it.

The Ospreys hooker was forced to miss his side’s game after the beast attacked him in South Africa.

Wales rugby star Scott Baldwin bitten in the hand while petting a lion in South Africa
 Scott Baldwin is seen gently petting the lion with bars separating them

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Scott Baldwin is seen gently petting the lion with bars separating them
 But the beast quickly tilts his head to sink its teeth into the rugby player's hand

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But the beast quickly tilts his head to sink its teeth into the rugby player’s hand

The incident happened at a game park and the player’s boss labelled him “stupid” for getting so close to the killer animal.

Steve Tandy, head coach of the side based in Swansea, south Wales, 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 when there is a lion, then you will get bitten.”

Father-of-one Baldwin, 29, was given “plenty of warning” about approaching the animal.

His wounds will require a “couple of stitches”, report the BBC.

Tandy added: “It was pretty stupid on Scott’s behalf and he is pretty lucky.

Shocking moment rugby player hits referee in the neck
 Scott Baldwin's face reveals the level of pain he was in

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Scott Baldwin’s face reveals the level of pain he was in
 Wales star Scott Baldwin was bitten by a lion while trying to pet it in South Africa

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Wales star Scott Baldwin was bitten by a lion while trying to pet it in South Africa
 Scott Baldwin has 34 caps for Wales

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Scott Baldwin has 34 caps for Wales
 The Ospreys forward was branded 'stupid' by his head coach

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The Ospreys forward was branded ‘stupid’ by his head coach
 Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy says his player will be OK to travel home with the side

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Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy says his player will be OK to travel home with the side

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