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Lion kills intern at California animal park

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A lion attacked and killed a volunteer intern at an exotic animal park in California on Wednesday, news sources report.

The Washington Post reports that the intern was 24-year-old Dianna Hanson, who had been working at Cat Haven, a private zoo in central California, for two months. Authorities said that the 5-year-old lion likely escaped his cage and broke Hanson's neck with his paw.

According to the Washington Post, authorities are continuing to investigate how exactly the incident happened. However, they think that the lion attacked Hanson while she was cleaning the larger enclosure after he used his paw to escape his partially open cage.

The New York Times reports that Paul Hanson, the woman's father, told the Associated Press that his daughter was "absolutely fearless" and that her position at the animal park was a "dream job." Hanson also added that Dianna had had a strong interest in big cats.

The article by the New York Times states that Cat Haven is a 100-acre park that has been open for 20 years. The lion, which police fatally shot in order to safely reach Hanson in the enclosure, was named Cous Cous and had been raised at the park.

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