Wales hooker Scott Baldwin has revealed he was in danger of losing his left hand to an infection after being bitten while petting a lion in South Africa last month.
           
The 29-year-old was described as "stupid" by Ospreys coach Steve Tandy after suffering the wound, which needed stitches, during a pre-match visit to a game park ahead of the side's Pro14 match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
           
"The infection was the major issue," the 29-year-old Welshman the BBC. "The next day it started tracking up my arm. The surgeon said there was a chance I could lose my hand."
           
Baldwin underwent two operations in South Africa before flying to Swansea to consult a plastic surgeon and said he was extremely fortunate not to have sustained a worse injury.
           
"The bite went straight through the other side of the hand," Baldwin added.
           
"But I was really lucky it didn't hit any tendons or ligaments. The surgeon said it was like winning the lottery... it was the best possible outcome considering I had been bitten by a lion."
           
With his stitches out, Baldwin hopes to return to training in the coming week but will make a final call after meeting with his coach and medical teams.