(Reuters) – A lion at a North Carolina personal wildlife sanctuary fatally mauled a 22-year-old employee on Sunday earlier than being shot and killed by native legislation enforcement, officers stated.
The sheriff’s workplace in Caswell County, North Carolina, stated Alexandra Black, who began her job as an intern on the facility two weeks in the past, was a part of a workforce doing routine cleansing of an enclosure when she was attacked, native media reported.
Considered one of a number of lions on the sanctuary, the Conservators Middle, “by some means left a locked area and entered the area the people have been in and rapidly killed one particular person,” the Middle stated in an emailed assertion.
“It’s unclear right now how the lion left the locked enclosure,” the Middle stated, including that the incident is being investigated.
A sheriff’s deputy shot and killed the lion in order that Black’s physique may very well be retrieved, the Middle stated.
The sheriff’s workplace stated its deputies tried and did not tranquilize the lion earlier than resorting to lethal pressure, native media stated.
The Middle, situated on 45 acres (18 hectares) in Burlington, about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Raleigh, stated it’s dwelling to greater than 80 animals, together with many giant cats. It stated it is going to be closed to guests till additional discover.
Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York; Enhancing by Daniel Wallis