A lion has been killed after escaping a conservatory.
“This is the worst day of my life. We’ve lost a person. We’ve lost an animal. We have lost the faith in ourselves a little today,” Mindy Stinner, the executive director of the Conservators Center told WTVD-TV.
Just arriving in Burlington – where a lion at the Conservators’ Center mauled a worker to death today. We’re being told the animal somehow left a locked area. The nonprofit is closed until further notice. #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/BmcWEsCcvT
— Elaina Athans (@AthansABC11) December 30, 2018
The victim is identified as Alexandra Black, a recent graduate of Indiana University who had been with the conservatory for two weeks at the time of her death.
“She was a beautiful young woman who had just started her career, there was a terrible accident, and we are mourning,” Black’s family said in a statement. “But, she died following her passion.
The Conservators Center houses 14 lions and more than 80 animals overall, and took in lions and tigers in 2004 as part of an initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Agriculture with caring for animals living in “unacceptable conditions.”