BURLINGTON, N.C. – The lion killed a young worker in the conservatory of wildlife on Sunday, after leaving a locked space, the center said.
Alexandra Black, 22, New Palestine, Indiana, died Sunday when she attacked the lion at a Conservators Center clearing house, reporting sales and mentioning a statement from the Caswell County Sheriff's Office.
The lion fired and murdered after an attempt to calm the animals, the deputies said.
The "animal group", when a routine was run by a professionally trained animal owner, when a lion was suspended in some way, the center said in a statement.
It was unclear how the site was to be blocked by the lion, the center said, which waited until more notes were made.
"This is the worst day of my life. We've lost a person. We lost an animal. We've lost faith with ourselves for a while now," said Mindy Stinner, Executive Director of Conservators Center, according to WTVD-TV.
Black did graduate in Indiana University in May, with animal behavior, according to the LinkedIn page. He worked for two weeks at the Conservatory, his family said.
"It was a beautiful young woman who started her career, she was a terrible accident, and we are being mourned," said Black's family in a statement, according to the news. "But he died following his passion".
The center said the lion was being killed, so that the county workers could get Black.
The facility created in 1999 is located in Burlington, 50 miles northwest of Raleigh (80 km).
On its website, the center provided public visits in 2007 and provided more than 16,000 visitors per year. It has more than a dozen workers and nowadays it has more than 80 animals and more than 21 species.
The center participated in 14 lions and tigers in 2004, living under the "unacceptable conditions" to support the US Department of Agriculture.