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Hear the 911 call from the lion attack that killed intern

INDIANAPOLIS – North Carolina officials have released the 911 call from a lion attack that ended with the death of a 22-year-old Indiana woman.

On Sunday, Alexandra Black of New Palestine, Indiana, was fatally wounded by a 14-year-old male lion while working at the Conservators Center in Burlington, North Carolina. 

The Indiana University graduate and animal lover was working at the facility as an intern, according to her family. It was her fourth internship, and her first out-of state internship. She began her internship about 10 days before her death.

The 2 minute and 37 second 911 call was placed by a Conservators Center employee who was heading to the facility after being informed of the attack by someone who was with Black when it happened.

“We have had a lion attack,” the caller tells the 911 dispatcher. When asked how the victim is doing, the caller says, “they are incapacitated.”

The dispatcher asks whether the lion involved in the attack is still free, and the caller tells the dispatcher that the lion, named Matthai, is contained. 

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The caller then explains how first responders can enter the facility, and says that she will call back with more information once she arrives at the facility. The dispatcher then says that emergency personnel is on the way.

Officials said this was the only 911 call placed in connection to the attack.

Caswell County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at the center around 11:35 a.m. Upon arrival, police learned that a husbandry team Black was a part of was doing routine enclosure cleaning when one of the lions got loose and “entered the space that the humans were in and killed one person.”

The lion was shot and killed by county deputies after several failed attempts to tranquilize it so they could retrieve the victim. Caswell County’s animal control office continues to investigate the incident.

The facility was founded in 1999 and is in Burlington, about 50 miles northwest of Raleigh, North Carolina.

On its website, the center said it began giving public tours in 2007 and gets more than 16,000 visitors annually. It has more than a dozen employees and currently houses more than 80 animals and more than 21 species.

A routine USDA inspection in April turned up no problems, according to government documents. The report listed 16 lions and three tigers among 85 animals counted by the inspector.

The Conservators Center remains closed until further notice. 

Contributing: John Bacon, USA TODAY; Natalia E. Contreras, The Indianapolis Star. Follow Justin L. Mack on Twitter: @justinlmack

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