1 killed after lion escapes enclosure at animal center

1 killed after lion escapes enclosure at animal center

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.

The lion quickly killed one person.

It was not immediately clear how the lion escaped or whether it got out of the enclosure that was being cleaned.

According to the center, the incident happened as an animal keeper was cleaning the lion's enclosure. The center posted on Friday about its 15 African lions, including "a very special lioness".

Her family released a statement seen on U.S. network ABC news, revealing how they are "in mourning" after the "terrible accident". "We've lost an animal", Mindy Stinner, executive director of the Conservators Centre, told WTVD-TV.

A statement released by Black's family described her death as a 'terrible accident'. "She was looking forward to this first out-of-state internship at the Convervators Center in North Carolina that started 10 days ago".

Black, who was from New Palestine, Indiana, graduated from Indiana University in May with a degree in animal behavior, according to her LinkedIn page.

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

In a statement obtained by CNN affiliate WXIN in Indianapolis, Black's family said she died "following her passion".

Alex had undertaken multiple internships, the most recent of which was at Wolf Park in Battle Ground, Indiana. Our handsome, intelligent, passionate Alex had worked, unpaid, at several animal-related ventures, most recently at Wolf Park in Battleground, Indiana.

"At no time did the lion ever enter a space that was not enclosed by the park's perimeter fence", she said.

"We've lost a person, we've lost an animal. This is an ongoing investigation and we have no further details at this time", the statement read. We've lost an animal.

The center is home to 80 animals from 21 species and employs a dozen full and part-time workers, as well as numerous volunteers.

On its website, the centre said it began giving public tours in 2007 and gets more than 16,000 visitors annually.

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