This is absolutely terrible!!
A 24-year-old girl, Dianna Hanson, was interning at Project Survival's Cat Haven sanctuary in Dunlap, California.
Sadly, while inside a male lion's enclosure one night, she was attacked!
The Sheriff's Department released a statement:
"Upon arrival, deputies observed the victim, who appeared to be severely injured, inside the African lion enclosure with an adult male African lion. Another employee had made several attempts to distract the lion away from the victim and into another enclosure prior to the deputy's arrival, but all attempts failed. Deputies shot and killed the lion to provide medical attention to the victim. The victim died at the scene."
The sanctuary is now working with the Sheriff's Department to find out exactly what happened.
It's not known if Dianna was supposed to be in the cage or not, and the circumstances of the mauling aren't fully known.
This is just so awful.
Her friends and family are in our hearts and thoughts.
Check out the video (above) to learn a little bit more about the whole awful incident.
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