An escaped lion killed a 22-year-old intern at a North Carolina conservatory on Sunday. The victim, Alexandra Black, had been at the center for just two weeks. Black was cleaning the lion enclosure when the male lion escaped a locked area and attacked. The lion was later shot and killed.
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A lion escaped his enclosure and killed a recent college graduate at a conservatory in North Carolina during a routine cleaning, the center said on Sunday.
The fatal attack occurred at the Conservators Center in Burlington, North Carolina, about 50 miles northwest of Raleigh. The Caswell County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as 22-year-old Alexandra Black from New Palestine, Indiana, an intern who recently graduated from Indiana University Bloomington. She had worked at the center for just two weeks.
The center said that Black belonged to a group of employees who cleaned the enclosure under the direction of an animal keeper. One of the lions, a man named Matthai, escaped a locked area and approached the group.