REPORT: Lion kills worker after escaping enclosure at North Carolina animal center

DECEMBER 30, 2018

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A lion escaped its enclosure and killed a worker at a North Carolina animal center during a routine cleaning, the center said Sunday. The lion was later shot and killed.

The fatal attack occurred at the Conservators Center in Burlington, North Carolina, about 50 miles northwest of Raleigh. The center said an animal keeper was leading a team of workers who were conducting a routine cleaning when one of the lions managed to escape a locked area and approach the group.

The lion “quickly killed one person,” the center said, noting it remains unclear how the lion managed to get out. The center did not identity the victim, saying next of kin had yet to be notified.

Officials from Caswell County, where the center is located, shot and killed the lion after the attack so they could safely retrieve the victim’s body.

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  1. Nancy December 30th, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    I’m sorry for the loss of life. But the lion was being a lion – couldn’t they have tranquilized him?


  2. Julie December 30th, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    If only we’d be just as quick to kill a human after they take a life while knowing better. The lion was doing what a lion does. They have no cognitive ability. I wish they had tranquilized the lion and sent him to a place where he could later be released to a preserve. With that said … I am, of course, terribly sorry for the friends & family of the victim.


  3. Judy Flannery December 30th, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Maybe didn t have a choice. So sorry to family.


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