Lion kills worker after escaping North Carolina (Details).

A zoo employee in North Carolina was killed Sunday after a lion escaped a locked space.

The Conservators Center in Burlington in Caswell County announced a worker was killed during a routine cleaning of an animal enclosure at about 11:30 a.m. ET.

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“While a husbandry team led by a professionally trained animal keeper was carrying out a routine enclosure cleaning, one of the lions somehow left a locked space and entered the space the humans were in and quickly killed one person,” the zoo said in a statement.

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The lion was shot and killed, the center said.

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