Lion attack leaves woman dead

DUNLAP, CA (CNN) - A woman is dead after a mauling by an African lion at an exotic cat sanctuary in California.

Fresno County authorities say the hundred acre wooded sanctuary is home to rare cats including lions, tigers and jaguars. 24-year-old intern Dianna Hanson was inside a cage with a 350 pound lion named Cous-Cous when it attacked her. Hanson died at the scene.

A Fresno County Sheriff's Deputy later shot and killed the animal. The animal sanctuary is now investigating whether safety protocol was followed.


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