Osprey Scott Baldwin warned of 'mockery' after suffering lion bite

Ospreys and Wales hooker Scott Baldwin was bitten by a lion in South Africa. Stu Forster/Getty Images

Ospreys are confident Scott Baldwin will make a full and speedy recovery from a lion bite -- but head coach Steve Tandy joked the hooker might only have "four fingers left."

Tandy admitted Baldwin received eight stitches after the incident at Weltevreden Game Lodge last Wednesday and is now recovering at home.

"Thankfully, he's probably got all five, or four fingers left," Tandy said at the Champions Cup launch in Dublin. "He'll still be able to throw the ball in. He'll be back up and running [soon] and hopefully this can be put to bed. It is probably a story that will last forever, and those videos will."

Baldwin's teammate Ashley Beck, who missed the trip due to shoulder injury, insists the team should come up with a nickname by Wednesday.

"I think when something like that happens to you, you have to expect that [mockery] to come from the boys. Like any circle we are in, boys can be relentless in terms of what comes his way. I think Scott has to expect that now. It is going to go on for years with him.

"Nothing [nicknames] I've come across with him, no but you have to give the boys a couple of days for us to think of something tidy and you'll have it by Wednesday, I think."

And Scarlets' Ken Owens, who is vying with Baldwin for the Welsh hooker role, expects his international teammate to return in the coming weeks.

Owens said: "I haven't spoken to him. He is obviously getting over his incident and just wish him a speedy recovery and thankful it could have been a hell of a lot worse than it was. I spoke to a couple of the boys there, it is not too serious. He'll be back playing in a couple of weeks and his arm is working well."

Asked what they had learned from fellow PRO14 clubs' visits to South Africa, Connacht's John Muldoon added: "Don't put your hand into cages and hope that the management behind the scenes have the visas right. That it?"

To which Connacht coach Nigel Carolan stated: "And turn your laptop off when you are on the plane."