Alexandra Black: 22-year-old woman attacked, killed when lion escapes Caswell County Conservators Center enclosure – WTVD-TV

CASWELL COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) —

A 22-year-old recent graduate was killed when a lion escaped its enclosure in Caswell County Sunday and attacked her.

It happened at the Conservators Center in Burlington.

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The victim of the attack has been identified as 22-year-old Alexandra Black of New Palestine, Indiana.

Officials said she was a recent graduate of Indiana University, was a college intern and had been employed at the Conservator Center for about two weeks.

The Caswell Sheriff’s Office just now leaving Conservators Center – where a worker was killed today by a lion. The nonprofit, according to its website, is home to more than 80 animals including lions & tigers. #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/OtrPW88c2j

— Elaina Athans (@AthansABC11) December 30, 2018

A husbandry team led by an animal keeper was carrying out a routine cleaning when one of the lions left a locked space, officials said.

According to the Conservators Center, the lion entered the space the humans were in and quickly killed Black.

Just arriving in Burlington – where a lion at the Conservators’ Center mauled a worker to death today. We’re being told the animal somehow left a locked area. The nonprofit is closed until further notice. #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/BmcWEsCcvT

— Elaina Athans (@AthansABC11) December 30, 2018

The lion was shot and killed to allow Caswell County personnel to retrieve Black, officials said.

The Conservators Center is closed until further notice, as the investigation is ongoing.

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