WATCH: Welsh rugby player bitten by lion in South Africa

A Welsh global rugby player was forced to sit down out a match in S. africa after he was bitten with a lion.

Scott Baldwin was in the particular African nation this weekend due to the fact his Swansea-based Pro 14 little league club Ospreys were scheduled to try out the South African team, the particular Cheetahs, on Friday.

However , a stop in a local wildlife reserve the day just before to a damper on his plans.

A video distributed on Twitter shows Baldwin as well as other team members visiting a pair of lions whenever at one point he gets to through metal bars to dog one of them. As he strokes the animal to the head as it lays on the ground, this suddenly snapped up and grabbed their hand.

The particular 29-year-old, who is heard crying out, rapidly pulls his arm away just before a warned is heard informing a colleague to get first aid package.

Baldwin, who was taken to a local hospital to obtain stitches, apologized to Ospreys supporters for having to miss the go with before joking about the incident.

“ Ought to of know he wouldn’ big t be impressed with me stroking their lioness before introducing myself in order to him first, ” he joked on Twitter after the incident.

Ospreys coach Steve Tandy told reporters said it was pretty “ stupid” of Baldwin to have put their hand on the lion and is “ pretty lucky. ”

“ When you place your hand in a fence where there is really a lion, then you will get bitten, ” he said, according to Sky News . “ I don’ t understand what sort of wildlife show Scott continues to be watching where you can pat a lion on the head as if it’ ersus a kitten. ”

He continued: “ It’ s probably one of the silliest things I’ ve even already been involved in, but thankfully he is OKAY and hopefully he will be back working in the next couple of weeks. ”

Baldwin was released Sunday and is expected to travel with the group as planned.

Cheetahs beat Ospreys 44-25 on Friday.