A female council manager was suspended for biting the backside of a fellow male worker in an office prank.
The 24-year-old worker is reportedly the only male member in the department in which the woman works. The man was bitten so badly, he was forced to take a tetanus injection following the attack on his derriere.
In what was supposed to be a prank, the woman in her 40s bit the man's behind with such force that the man started bleeding through his underwear.
Following the incident that took place in Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council in South Wales, the woman has been suspended and an investigation into the matter has been initiated.
"It was horseplay that got out of hand and she bit a young man working on her team on the bottom so hard that it drew blood. Word has it that he needed to go to hospital to be checked, and possibly to have a tetanus jab," a colleague was quoted as saying by Mail Online.
"He is a young man who works in an office mainly full of women. There was a bit of banter and a bit of nonsense which went too far. I think the council is trying to keep it quiet but it's all the authority by now," the colleague added.
The incident came to light after the male victim and other female workers who witnessed the incident gave details to their union, Unison.
Unison has called for an in-depth investigation into the matter which has not been reported to police.
"Due to the seriousness of the allegation I have requested the council to carry out a full investigation. The union will not condone any misbehaviour directed at any member of staff, whether horseplay or otherwise," Unison branch chairman Mark Fisher said according to the report.
"We would always encourage people to speak out if they feel they are being treated differently or bullied or harassed," Fisher added.
"Following a complaint, we have suspended an employee as a neutral act, as is standard procedure whilst an investigation is carried out," a Neath Port Talbot Council spokesman said.