Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

1 killed after lion escapes enclosure at animal center

1 killed after lion escapes enclosure at animal center

Several attempts to sedate the lion were unsuccessful, and deputies eventually shot and killed the lion to safely retrieve the victim's body.

Black's "passion was the zoological industry - this was not this person's first internship", the center's executive director, Mindy Stinner, said, according to CNN affiliate WNCN.

A lion previously housed at the North Carolina Wildlife Conservatory has been put down after killing a 22-year old intern on Sunday after escaping from a locked spaced.

A lion has killed a young worker at a wildlife conservatory in the United States after the animal got loose from a locked space.

One of the lions somehow left a locked space and went to where the humans were and quickly killed the person, according to the center.

It was unclear how the lion escaped, the center said.

The center is "closed until further notice", according to the news release.

Alexandra Black was killed by a lion at a wildlife park in North Carolina
Image Ms Black had only been working at the park for a few weeks

The facility was founded in 1999 and is in Burlington, about 50 miles northwest of Raleigh.

The lion attacked the worker at the Conservators Center (pictured) in North Carolina, south eastern US.

In a statement, the Conservators Centre said: "This is an ongoing investigation [and] we have no further details at this time".

Black's family said she had been working at the conservatory for 10 days and it was the fourth internship in her young career.

Ms Black, a recent graduate of Indiana University, had worked a few weeks at the facility home to dozens of animals and 21 different species, its website says.

On its website, the centre says it began giving public tours in 2007 and gets more than 16,000 visitors annually. The Caswell County Sheriff's Office could not be reached for comment.

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