Indiana woman killed by lion while working at conservation center

An Indiana woman is dead after she was attacked by a lion.

Posted: Dec. 30, 2018 7:21 PM
Updated: Dec. 30, 2018 11:18 PM

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.”

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