BURLINGTON, N.C. – A lion killed a young worker in a wildlife conservatory on Sunday after it was stretched out of a closed space, the center said.
Alexandra Black, 22, from New Palestine, Indiana, was assassinated on Sunday after being attacked by the lion in an enclosure that was clearing up at the Conservators Center, informing the news, citing a statement of the " # 39; Office of the Sheriff of Caswell County.
The lion fired and killed after attempts to calm the animal's failure, said MEPs.
A "breeding team" led by a professional qualification veterinarian was performing routine cleaning when the lion lengthened in some way, the center said in a statement.
It was not clear how the lion escaped from the area that was supposed to be closed, said the center, which is closed until nine notice.
"This is the worst day in my life. We lost a person. We lost an animal. Today we have lost faith in ourselves," said Mindy Stinner, executive director of the Conservators Center, according to WTVD-TV.
Black graduated from Indiana University in May with a degree of animal behavior, according to its LinkedIn page. I had been working in the conservatory for two weeks, said his family.
"It was a beautiful young woman who had just started her career, there was a terrible accident, and we are sorry," said the Black family in a statement, according to the news. "But she died after her passion."
The center said the lion was shot deadly to allow the county staff to recover Black.
The facility was founded in 1999 and is located in Burlington, about 50 kilometers (80 kilometers) north-west of Raleigh.
On its website, the center said it began to take public tours in 2007 and obtains more than 16,000 visitors per year. It has more than a dozen employees and currently houses more than 80 animals and more than 21 species.
The center says it took 14 lions and tigers in 2004 to help the US Department of Agriculture to take care of animals that lived in "unacceptable conditions."