CASWELL COUNTY, NC (WTVD) –
Officials said a lion was shot dead on Sunday after fleeing his enclosure at the Conservators Center in Burlington and killing a worker.
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The victim of the attack was identified as Alexandra Black, 22, of New Palestine, Indiana. Officers said she had recently earned a doctorate from Indiana State University, was a college intern, and spent about two weeks at the Conservator Center.
An inmate led by an animal keeper team performed a routine cleanup by lions leaving a locked room, officials said.
According to the Conservator Center, the lion entered the room where the humans were and quickly killed Black.
Just arrived in Burlington ̵1; where a lion in the Conservators Center muzzled workers today to death. We are told that the animal somehow left a locked area. The non-profit organization is closed until further notice. # ABC11 pic.twitter.com/BmcWEsCcvT
– Elaina Athans (@ AthansABC11) December 30, 2018
The lion was shot and killed for Caswell County staff to retrieve black could. Officials said.
The Conservators Center is closed until further notice, as the investigation continues.
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