Lion Shot After Killing Intern at Cat Sanctuary


The woman mauled to death by a lion at a California wildlife sanctuary called Cat Haven was an intern who had entered the lion’s enclosure, the sanctuary’s founder said. It’s not yet clear why she went in there, nor why the lion attacked, but both are now dead. The 4-year-old African lion, named Couscous, killed the intern and then a Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy shot the lion to death later, the Associated Press reports. Turns out this kind of thing is not as uncommon as you’d think: “Another big cat sanctuary, Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Fla., told the AP last year that at least 21 people, including five children, have been killed and 246 mauled by exotic cats since 1990. Over that period, 254 cats escaped and 143 were killed.” Cat Haven is a 100-acre facility that houses rare cats about 45 miles east of Fresno, run by a group called Project Survival.