BERLINTON, N.C. – A lion killed a young worker at a wildlife conservatory on Sunday after pulling out of the closed space, the Center said.
Alexandra Black (22) New Palestine, Indiana, was killed on Sunday after being attacked by a lion in prison was cleaned at the Center for conservationists, news media, citing a statement by the Office of the County Sheriff.
The lion was shot and killed after attempts to calm the animal, MPs reported.
The Breeding Team, led by a professionally trained animal guard, routinely cleansed the lion somehow woke up, the Center said in a statement.
It was not clear how the lion escaped from the area that had to be locked, the center said, which was closed to further notice.
"This is the worst day of my life, we lost one person, we lost an animal." Today, we lost faith in ourselves, "said Mindi Steiner, executive director of the Conservatory Center, according to WTVD-TV.
Black graduated from the University of Indiana in May, with a bachelor's degree in animal behavior, according to her LinkedIn site. She worked at the conservatory for about two weeks, says her family.
"She was a beautiful young woman who had just started her career, there was a terrible accident, and we complained," the Black family said in a statement. "But she died after her passion."
The center said the lion was fatally shot to allow District People to take Black.
The building was established in 1999 and is in Burlington, about 80 km northwest of Raleigh.
On its website, the center announced that it has begun public tours in 2007 and receives more than 16,000 visitors per year. There are more than a dozen employees and there are currently more than 80 animals and more than 21 species.
The center said that in 2004 there were 14 lions and tigers in 2004 to assist the Ministry of Agriculture in the United States to care for the animals living in "unacceptable conditions".