Alexandra Black was killed Sunday when a lion got out of a locked space and attacked a team cleaning its enclosure.
Conservators Center, a 45-acre wildlife park in rural Caswell County, said Alexandra Black, a 22-year-old intern, was killed instantly.
Caswell County sheriff’s deputies then tried to tranquilize the lion but failed, so the animal was killed to allow emergency personnel to retrieve Black’s body, Sheriff Tony Darden Jr. said in a statement.
Black was a native of New Palestine, Indiana, about 100 miles north of Indianapolis, and a recent graduate of Indiana University. She had been working at the center for about two weeks, Darden said.
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