BURLINGTON, N.C. – A lion killed a young worker at a wildlife conservatory on Sunday after breaking away from a locked field, the center said.
Alexandra Black, 22, of New Palestine, Indiana, was killed on Sunday when she was attacked by a lion in a compound cleaned at the Conservators Center, news agencies reported, citing a statement by the Sheriff's Office of Caswell County.
The lion was shot after attempts to calm the animal have failed, MPs said.
A "zookeeper" led by a professionally trained zookeeper did the routine cleaning when the lion somehow broke loose, the center said in a statement.
It was not clear how the lion had fled the area who should be locked, said the center, which was closed until further notice.
"This is the worst day of my life. We lost one person. We lost an animal. We've lost our faith in ourselves a bit today, "said WTVD-TV, the director of the Conservators Center.
Black graduated from Indiana University in May with a degree in animal behavior from her LinkedIn page, which took her about two weeks Working at the Conservatory, her family said.
"She was a beautiful young woman who had just started her career, there was a terrible accident and we mourn," Black's family statement said after news agencies. "But she died after her passion . "
The center said the lion had been fatally shot to retrieve members of the Black district.
The facility was established in 1999 and is located in Burlington, approximately 80 kilometers northwest of Raleigh.
The center said on its website that it has been conducting public tours since 2007 and has more than 16,000 visitors annually, with more than a dozen visitors It currently houses more than 80 animals and more than 21 species.
According to the center, fourteen lions and tigers were added in 2004 to assist the US Department of Agriculture in the care of the animals living in "unacceptable conditions."