A zoo employee in North Carolina was killed Sunday after a lion escaped a locked area. The Conservators Center in Burlington in Caswell County announced a worker was killed during a routine cleaning of an animal enclosure at about 11:30 a.m. ET.
“While a husbandry team led by a professionally trained animal keeper was carrying out a routine enclosure cleaning, one of the lions somehow left a locked space and entered the space the humans were in and quickly killed one person,” the zoo said in a statement. The lion was shot and killed, the center said. It is unclear how the lion escaped its enclosure. The name of the victim has yet to be released.