An autopsy report revealed details of the death of a woman who had been mutilated by a lion in a North Carolina wildlife conservatory in December.
Alexandra Black, 22, of New Palestine, Indiana, was working as an intern at the Conservators Center in Burlington, North Carolina, for about two weeks at the time of her death. The graduate of Indiana University was killed by a lion after being detached from a locked space.
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An autopsy report revealed that Black was cleaning an enclosure on December 30th, at the time of the incident. The lion was put in a locked pen, but a bullet "blocked the door and prevented it from closing properly," reported WRAL. The lion entered the compound where Black was working and another trainee.
Ashley Watts, an animal trainer, said she had tried to separate the animal from Black but that the lion had grabbed the trainee's ankle and dragged her into the enclosure.
The lion dragged Black "by the neck for a long time," the media quoted the autopsy report as saying.
Black suffered several deep traumatic neck lacerations, resulting in "significant blood loss," reported WRAL.
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The wildlife conservatory officials wanted to calm the lion, but after three darts, the animal did not slow down. MPs finally shot and killed the animal.
The conservative center closed after the fatal incident but reopened a month later.
Nicole Darrah from Fox News contributed to this report.