CA Coroner: Cat Sanctuary Intern Killed by Lion 'Did Not Suffer'
It's a story that's made national headlines, an intern mauled to death by a lion at a California animal sanctuary.
Sources say the young woman was not supposed to be in the cage, and the news of her death has people across the country talking, including right here in Montgomery.
24-year old volunteer intern Dianna Hanson died soon after a 350-pound African lion attacked her, breaking her neck, a local cornoer said Thursday.
"(She) died very quickly and did not suffer," Fresno County coroner Dr. David Hadden said.
Hanson was mauled Wednesday by a 5-year-old lion inside a cage at the Project Survival Cat Haven in Dunlap, California.
A preliminary autopsy showed that Hanson died of a "broken neck and other neck injuries," the local coroner said. The lion inflicted other injuries "post-mortem."
"I heard a couple of people talk about it at work, so it's a hot topic," said Winchell Jenkins of Dadeville. "But as far as people having dealings with animals of that nature, it should be limited."