1 killed after lion escapes enclosure at animal center

Cristina Cross
December 31, 2018

The centre said the lion was shot and killed to allow county personnel to retrieve the injured worker.

One person was killed by a lion that escaped a locked space at a North Carolina animal center, officials said Sunday. "At no time did the lion ever enter a space that was not enclosed by the park's perimeter fence", the statement added, expressing its condolences to Ms Black's family and announcing it would close temporarily.

Black, 22, had worked at the Conservator Center for just 10 days, her family said. She had recently graduated from Indiana University and had been working at the conservatory for about two weeks.

Officials with the Conservators Center said in the release that the lion was shot and killed to let emergency responders get the person who had been attacked. Currently, an investigation has been launched into how the lion got out.

"She was a attractive young woman who had just started her career", her family said.

"We have lost the faith in ourselves a little today", Mindy Stinner, the executive director of the Conservators Center said, according to WTVD-TV.

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One of the lions, a male named Matthai, managed to escape a locked area and approach the group. "This person wanted to spend a lifetime around these animals".

The Conservators Center, at 676 E. Hughes Mill Road, will be closed until further notice.

"Our handsome, intelligent, passionate Alex had worked, unpaid, at several animal-related ventures", her family said in a statement.

The Center was founded in 1999 in Mebane.

The center is a nonprofit organization that houses one of the largest populations of lions in the southeastern United States, according to its website. It relocated to a 45-acre swath in 2004, the website said. The public is invited to take walking tours.

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