What provoked lion to kill intern at animal sanctuary?
24-year-old a victim of fatal attack
- Duration 4:01
- Date Mar 7, 2013
24-year-old a victim of fatal attack
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This morning out as deadly line attack in California about 45 miles east of Fresno it is authorities trying to determine what could have provoked a four year old African line.
In the mauling an intern at an exotic animal park.
Debt is 24 year old Diana -- she came to the -- haven part just a few weeks ago it's been reported that she and -- the lion's cage alone.
Tragedy in the -- Jeff Corwin wildlife biologist TV host of ABC networks ocean mysteries in the lion was put down short time after that.
But Jeff we are still workings of the facts on this story you're the expert tell us what you believed to be the case for how you piece this together how.
It truly is an incredible tragedy and it's really heart disorder you know play this sidelined quarterback in unravel.
What unfolded here but these are incredibly powerful creatures we have to remember that we're talking about the top of the food chain.
And this is an -- -- is the master its domain in the ecosystem more lives it has incredible predatory abilities.
And when you have this creature Anthony's situation we're in human care like -- a twilight sage words such as this one right here.
You can never forget the power no matter how much you like this animal.
No matter how.
Look at it as being happy interesting personality and maybe having some levels of trust and friendship and relationship with that you could never forget what it was you know what it is.
So I want to work through a couple quick questions here Jeff it's been reported that this line was hand fed.
Would that make sense to you.
It it really depends upon that specific animal so it happens that -- It does happen in -- -- -- under very specific situations with lots of security is not a developer animal.
To be him -- like that in most.
Institutions and zoos across the country specially -- aces.
This would be incredibly unlikely many of these institutions are really strict regulations.
In rules in place to prevent.
Tragedies like this one that's happened now.
Or did this happen on Wednesday which was yesterday as we know but it's been reported that there is only one other person working there at the time so you had two people.
At the moment when this this incident occurred and it's been said that she enters this cage alone.
Now he he is it ever Smart to go on there either a alone or be at all.
Well there are ways you can actually go in and out of the closest -- -- almost all the -- what he'll do bill is still some questions that animal.
Into an area where another -- Like down.
-- certainly -- barrier between the -- in the animal.
But I personally would never -- into a cage with a 350 pound male African lion.
And death I wouldn't go there were ten people must -- but some people do on draft.
You know some people do and and in those -- institutions.
This would not happen because again you've got those barriers in place to prevent -- -- like this.
But again it's about people forgetting the power and the promise of this incredible -- -- term you've ever catch yourself.
See the same abilities and your little cat when he's playing with yarn ball but this is a powerful creature and -- we we let those barriers go down tragedies like this can happen.
Had Jeff did you have experience for this particular line.
On the line -- younger.
If I think it's possible I was on the Ellen degenerate show a number of years ago I've been on -- and many shows and and oftentimes we breeding animals talk about conservation stories.
Analysts -- that this was a line that it wants to work with.
But of course.
This was it would have been a -- at the time and and and certainly you wouldn't bring a large install lion on that.
-- like that.
Jeff thank you for your time in our best or her surviving family her father really have to be torn up about this.
She said it was her first love in life who worked with exotic animals Jeff Corwin thank you for your expertise appreciate it when --