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By Erik Ortiz

One of Spain's most esteemed matadors has become the target of child welfare officials and social media backlash after posting a picture that appears to show himself cradling his baby daughter in an active bullfighting ring.

Francisco Rivera Ordóñez, who comes from a celebrated bloodline of bullfighters, first posted the picture on his Instagram account Monday under the caption that 5-month-old daughter Carmen is the fifth-generation of family fighters, including his father and grandfather.

NBC News could not immediately confirm the photo as authentic.

A regional ombudsman's office representing children's welfare said in a statement Tuesday that it hopes "such behavior is not repeated" and that it does not become the norm following the negative social media reaction.

The office also said it has transferred its findings to the juvenile prosecutor for "appropriate action."

Rivera Ordóñez, 42, did not immediately comment about the ombudsman's statement. But he didn't back down, also sharing a picture of himself as a child on his father's back with the caption, "History repeats itself."

Spanish bullfighter Francisco Rivera Ordonez makes a pass during the bullfight at the Monumental bullring in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010.MANU FERNANDEZ / AP file