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A lion has killed a volunteer at a big cat sanctuary in California after the worker climbed into the animal's cage.
Dianna Hanson, 26, was attacked inside an enclosure at Cat Haven in Dunlap by an African lion which had been raised at the park since it was a cub.
Another park worker tried unsuccessfully to lure the lion - a four-year-old male named Cous Cous - into a separate pen.
The animal was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy, California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Lt Tony Spada said.
Paul Hanson, a Seattle-area attorney, identified the victim as his daughter.
"She was very excited," he said. "It was just a dream job for her."
Originally posted by windword
reply to post by CX
But remember, this wasn't a zoo, where people purchased animals to be viewed for profit, this was a sanctuary dedicated to saving the lives of wild animals.
Now, I'm no expert, but I think that once a lion, tame or not, has tasted human blood, it's in their head as "food" forever.
Actress Tippi Hedren, who founded the Shambala Preserve in Southern California, home to 53 seized or abandoned exotic pets, expressed dismay over the killing of the lion.
"It wasn't the lion's fault. It's the human's fault always. I've got 40 years behind me. I know what I'm talking about," Hedren said.
A movie was made at Shambala several years ago and several people were injured. "Two were nearly killed," she said. "Lions are one of the four most dangerous animals in the world.
There is nothing you can do. When they get a thought pattern, there is nothing short of a bullet to the brain that will stop them," Hedren said.
Read more: www.foxnews.com...
Originally posted by chasingbrahman
I see no mention in the article of the onus resting upon her co-worker. Perhaps I'm slow this morning, but would you mind providing the link/quote which clarifies that someone other than the victim was responsible? All of the information I'm reading is indicating this was her fault. Many thanks!