The Latest: Authorities ID woman killed by escaped lion

BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal lion attack in North Carolina (all times local):

8:25 p.m.

Authorities have identified the victim of a fatal lion attack at a wildlife conservatory in North Carolina.

Citing a statement from the Caswell County Sheriff’s Office, news outlets report that 22-year-old worker Alexandra Black was killed Sunday after being attacked by a lion in an enclosure that was being cleaned at the Conservators Center.

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Authorities say Black was from New Palestine, Indiana. She had recently graduated from Indiana University and had been working at the conservatory for about two weeks.

The center says a “husbandry team” led by a professionally trained animal keeper was carrying out the routine cleaning when the lion somehow got loose.

The facility was founded in 1999 and is in Burlington, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Raleigh.

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5:30 p.m.

A wildlife conservatory in North Carolina says a worker has been killed by a lion that got loose from a locked space.

The Conservators Center in Caswell County says in a statement that the lion was shot and killed Sunday after it attacked the worker in an enclosure that was being cleaned.

The center says a “husbandry team” led by a professionally trained animal keeper was carrying out the routine cleaning when the lion somehow got loose.

The center says it wasn’t immediately clear how the lion left the area that was supposed to be locked. The center says it will be closed until further notice.

The facility was founded in 1999 and is in Burlington, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Raleigh.

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This story has been corrected to show that Black graduated from Indiana University, not Indiana State University.

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