CASWELL COUNTY, NC – A deadly lion attack at a wildlife conservatory in North Carolina is under investigation.
The victim, an intern who started working there less than 2 weeks ago.
Authorities say Alexandra Black, 22, died Sunday after a lion somehow escaped from a locked space during a routine enclosure cleaning at a wildlife sanctuary.
Sheriff Tony Durden says deputies shot and killed the lion after efforts to tranquilize it failed.
“It’s sad that it’s a loss of life and is a loss of majestic animal but you know we had to do what had to do,” said Sheriff Tony Durden, Jr.
Black was a recent graduate from Indiana University. She started working at the center as an intern just 10 days ago. Her family said she “really wanted to make a career of working with animals.”
The North Carolina Chapter of The Humane Society has identified the lion as Matthai. The lion’s profile, in which he is described as shy and nervous, has been removed from the center’s website.
The Conservators Center was founded almost 20 years ago and is home to more than 80 animals, including more than a dozen lions- many of which were rescued from poor living conditions in Ohio in 2004.