“The lion had been fed, the young woman was cleaning the large enclosure, and the lion was in the small cage. The gate of the cage was partially open, which allowed the lion called Cous Cous to lift it up with his paw. He ran at the young lady,” said Mr. Hadded, explaining to The Associated Press the scene of Thursday’s lion killing at a Central California animal park.
By all accounts, the 5-year-old lion killed her instantly.
Ms. Hanson, from Seattle, was working at the park as an intern. Cous Cous was reportedly her favorite animal.
Investigators say she was talking on her cellphone with a colleague just moments before she was attacked, AP said. The co-worker called authorities to check on Ms. Hanson after the phone conversation ended suddenly, AP said.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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