TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - An Indiana woman is dead after she was attacked by a lion.
It happened while she was working at a conservation center in North Carolina.
According to the local sheriff's office, 22-year-old Alexandra Black was cleaning a lion enclosure with other staff members at the Conservators Center.
Somehow, a lion was able to leave a locked space and get into the enclosure.
The lion killed Black before being shot.
Black is a New Palestine, Indiana native and had been working at the center as in intern for two weeks. Investigators intitially reporter Black was a recent graduate of Indiana State University but now say she actually attended Indiana University.
The investigation is ongoing.
Black's family released the following statement:
“Alex loved animals. Our beautiful, intelligent, passionate Alex had worked, unpaid, at several animal-related ventures, most recently at Wolf Park in Battleground, Indiana. This was her fourth internship, because she really wanted to make a career of working with animals.
She was looking forward to this first out-of-state internship at the Conservators Center in North Carolina 10 days ago.
She was a beautiful young woman who had just started her career, there was a terrible accident, and we are mourning. But she died following her passion.
We ask that you consider donating to Wolf Park in Battleground, Indiana, to honor Alex.”