The intern that was killed by a lion really had no business going into that enclosure and her father talked to the media today saying she knew she wasn’t allowed in the lion cages. According to Fox News live on Thursday, March 7, 2013, the tiger mauled the young intern to death after she went into the cage despite knowing the animal enclosures were off-limits to her. The 24-year-old intern leaves a wake of mystery as she clearly knew the rules.
According to ABC News Thursday, Dianna Hanson worked at the Cat Haven Sanctuary for only a few weeks when she went there on a day that the facility was closed and let herself into the lion’s enclosure despite knowing she wasn’t allowed to do this. There was only one other worker on the premises at the sanctuary when Hanson let herself into the cage. That worker tried to lure the lion away from Hanson after she was mauled and fatally injured when the paramedics arrived.
The lion wouldn’t leave the area, so deputies had to shoot the 4-year-old African Lion named Cous Cous. This was his daughter’s favorite lion at her new intern placement, said her father, Paul Hanson.
According to Fox News live, only the highly trained staff were allowed to enter the lion's enclosures and the protocol for feeding the wild cats was very specific. The food was dropped in the cage and the staff would remove themselves from the area.
Hanson walked in and stayed there, which might have triggered the lion to think he was about to be fed. Paul Hanson told the media that he had “a nagging premonition that he would get a call like this.”
The Cat Haven Sanctuary is in Dunlap, California and it is a place that is open to the public, as this sanctuary doubles as a private zoo. The zoo was closed when Hanson walked into the lion’s enclosue on Wednesday.
Whatever prompted Hanson to take her life into her hands and walk into this lion’s enclosure is not known and it will probably never be known.