Intern killed by lion died ‘following her passion’

Burlington, North Carolina( CNN) The zoological park intern killed by an escaped lion in North Carolina “loved animals” and wanted to make a career of working with them, her family says.

The center said the male lion, identified as Matthai, escaped a locked holding enclosing and assaulted Black while she and others were cleaning another area.

In a statement obtained by CNN affiliate WXIN in Indianapolis, Black’s family said she died “following her passion.”

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