Authorities ID woman killed by escaped lion

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BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) - 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.

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.