BURLINGTON, NC. (THECOUNT) — Alexandra Black has been named as the young Indiana woman killed while working at Conservators Center, in Burlington, North Carolina.
Black, 22, was killed after a lion “somehow left a locked space and went to where the humans were and killed the victim,” according to the center.
The victim, from New Palestine, Indiana, had recently graduated from Indiana State University and began working at the Conservators Center for about two weeks, according to the Caswell County Sheriff’s Office.
The center said it happened while a husbandry team led by a professionally trained animal keeper was carrying out a routine enclosure cleaning. source
Officials said the lion was shot and killed to allow Caswell County personnel to get the worker, after several attempts to tranquilize the animal failed, according to deputies.
It’s unclear how the lion got out of the enclosure.
The Conservators Center, at 676 East Hughes Mill Road, will be closed until further notice.
The investigation is ongoing.
The center is an educational non-profit dedicated to providing a specialized home for select species and houses more than 80 animals, according to its website.
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