Zoo Intern Killed by Lion “Died Following Her Passion”

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The family of a North Carolina zoo intern who was killed when a lion escaped a locked area said she died doing what she loved — caring for animals.

"She was a beautiful young woman who had just started her career, there was a terrible accident, and we are mourning," said the aunt of 22-year-old Alexandra Black. "But she died following her passion."

Black was killed Sunday while cleaning an enclosure at the Conservators Center in Burlington.

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"Alex loved animals. Our beautiful, intelligent, passionate Alex had worked, unpaid, at several animal-related ventures," Black's aunt, Virginia Black, added.

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