The 22-year-old trainee, killed by an escaped lion in a wild life education center in North Carolina, attempted to fight the animal while she was dragged by the neck, according to an autopsy report released Tuesday.
According to the autopsy report obtained by WRAL, Alexandra Black, of New Palestine, Indiana, suffered numerous puncture wounds in her right forearm. She died of several traumatic deep neck lacerations, which resulted in significant blood loss.
She had been dragged by the neck for "a long time," the point of sale reported.
Black was helping with the routine cleaning of the cat's enclosure at the Burlington Conservators Center when she was attacked on December 30, 2018. The center said in a statement that the animals had been moved into a closed space and locked before cleaning; However, a large ball would have prevented the door from closing properly.
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When the lion entered Black's room, another colleague, and a second trainee, he bit Black's ankle and dragged her into the compound.
Ashley Watts, animal trainer, attempted to prevent the animal named Matthai from attacking Black using a pipe, but she failed.
The lion continued to molt Black, leaving her with a deep laceration to the trachea and esophagus. Another injury passed through the jugular vein and carotid artery.
Black's skull had also been pierced by the lion's teeth and his spinal cord had been fractured at some point.
Members of the Casewell County Sheriff's Office finally managed to stop the attack by shooting and killing Matthai. Their previous attempts to calm him have failed.
Black, a graduate of Indiana University, was working at the center only 10 days before her death.