- A lion escaped from an enclosure and killed a worker at the Conservators Center, a wildlife non-profit in North Carolina, WRAL reported Sunday.
- The lion escaped during a routine cleaning of its enclosure and was later shot and killed, the report added, citing a press release from the center.
- Officials are withholding the name of the victim until the family is notified.
A lion attack resulted in a fatality at a North Carolina wildlife conservatory, WRAL reported on Sunday.
The lion escaped during a routine cleaning of its enclosure at the Conservators Center in Burlington, North Carolina when it killed a worker, the report said, citing a press release from the center.
A report from North Carolina’s ABC 11, citing „officials,“ said a husbandry team led by an animal keeper had been carrying out the cleaning when one lion left a locked area.
Officials in Caswell County, where the center is located, confirmed the attack and the death of the worker to WRAL.
The lion was then shot and killed to allow emergency workers to retrieve the victim, whose identity has not yet been made public, the report added.
ABC 11 reported that an investigation into the lion attack is ongoing and that the Conservators Center is closed until further notice.
Representatives for the Conservators Center and Caswell Country were not immediately available to respond to INSIDER’s requests for comment.
The Conservators Center was founded in 1999 and is home to more than 80 animals, including lions and tigers, some of which had been living in „unacceptable conditions,“ before being relocated to the center, according to its website. Its mission is to educate visitors about the species in its care, and more than 16,000 people visit the center every year, the website adds.
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Source: Business insider