Skip to comments.W. Washington woman killed by lion at Calif. animal park
Posted on 03/07/2013 2:52:57 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
DUNLAP, Calif. (AP) - Authorities are trying to determine what provoked a lion at an exotic animal park in Central California to attack and maul to death a 24-year-old intern from Washington state.
She was attacked and killed Wednesday when she entered the male African lion's enclosure at Cat Haven, about 45 miles east of Fresno, authorities said. Sheriff's deputies found her severely injured and still lying inside the enclosure with the lion nearby, said Fresno County sheriff's Lt. Bob Miller.
Another park worker couldn't lure the lion into another pen, so deputies shot and killed it to safely reach the wounded woman, but she died at the scene, he said.
Paul Hanson, a Seattle-area attorney, identified the victim as his daughter, Dianna Hanson, of the north Seattle suburb of Brier, Wash. He said he dropped her off at Cat Haven on Jan. 2 for a six-month internship.
"It was just a dream job for her," he told The Associated Press late Wednesday, adding that she hoped to parlay work at the facility into a job with a zoo later in the summer. He said she gave him a little tour and showed him the lion Cous Cous that authorities said killed her.
Hanson said his daughter had worked with big cats before and "was absolutely fearless," though she told him she would not be allowed to go in the lion cage.
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Birds gotta fly, lions gotta eat.
remember the guy in NYC who did this last year?
I wrote a parody of that guy:
Anyone that has ever owned a house cat should know better than getting in the cage with any large cat.
Cats are given to random playful roughousing that is bad enough for a 10 pounder. They don’t know where to draw the line.
Its not likely that the lion intended to kill; they play rough with their own cubs too.
>> “another eco-nut?” <<
Or a feather-head.
Like “Rene” in Colorado that reached through the tiger cage to rub the tiger’s nose, and ended up feeding him.
Really? A young woman, with little common sense (obviously), enters the enclosure of a LION, said lion does what lions do, and they need to determine a cause?
I really blame the portrayal of wild animals as something other than what they are. That they need OUR protection. Never is it emphasized that wild animals are unpredictable and deadly. Beautiful to look at; but, only those professionals that have worked with animals like this for years should be allowed anywhere near their cages.
From TV news reports - she was one of only two employees on duty that day. Feeding time for the lion was at 10:00 a.m. and no-one knows why she was in the enclosure at 12:00.
Her father’s description of her ‘passion’ indicates she may have had a ‘fatal attraction’ AKA a special connection to these dangerous animals. It seems she over-estimated her capability to control and under-estimated the natural predator instincts of the lion.
She sadly played with fire. RIP.
Was she on her period? Apparently even a trained lion will attack a woman on her period.
That’s what can happen when you give up your spot at the top of the food chain.
Life imitating art.
I expect the Dog Whisperer and other TV shows inspire a lot of young people to careers in veterinary medicine.
This ‘romantic’ young woman wanted to be another Joy Adamson as in Born Free.
Why did it attack? ‘Cause it’s a lion!
YOU are exactly right. That’s why we sleep with our bedroom door LOCKED...to keep our 13 lb cat at bay...He can be VERY mean...and I could just see him going for a jugular in the middle of the night...just for the fun of it!
There’s a reason they’re called wild animals. RIP.
Shouldn't we wait for the lion to publish a review first.
I can’t think of a good reason for her to go into his cage, it cost her life and the cat’s life also. Link to pics of the cat: http://cathaven.com/Galleries.aspx?catid=10
Fearless creatures generally go extinct, unless they have the means to deal with any threat to their well-being, ranging from being able to outrun or eliminate that threat.
Exactly. It seems she was over-excited about her job to the point of not thinking.
“Absolutely fearless?” That’s not smart when working with wild animals, especially big ones. And I say that as a lifelong animal lover.
It’s a tragedy. God be with her family.
It’s sad when nature intrudes on fantasy. Poor kid.
Years ago we went on "safari" to Tanzania.We were in a Land Rover in Ngorongoro National Park when we came upon a pride (or part of a pride) of lions just lying around.We get *really* close and I,along with several others,gasped in fear as we approached.The guide,to set our minds at ease,said "don't worry,they've just eaten".Those suckers were *big*...particularly the male we saw.
I don't think the lion should have been shot. I think the person that chose to pen up the animal(s) should be shot.
Gotta ask the most important question...Was she a registered Democrat or a decent person?
The lion “lionized” her.
fr_freak, your checklist cracked me up. This level of sarcasm is why I love this site so much. :-)
She had been told she couldn’t go into the cage, yet I’m sure she thought she had a special relationship with the lion. Fatal mistake for them both.
The lion was raised from a cub, FYI.
That’s a really sick and twisted thing to say (or think).
7) did her lover run away naked into the bushes?
It’s a shame that the lion had to die, through really no fault of its’ own.
"Paul Hanson, a Seattle-area attorney, identified the victim as his daughter, Dianna Hanson....He said he dropped her off at Cat Haven on Jan. 2 for a six-month internship."
Failed test one: never enter lion enclosure if lion also present.
Authorities are trying to determine what provoked a lion at an exotic animal park in Central California to attack and maul to death a 24-year-old intern from Washington state.
We were in Kenya years ago watching the lions one night when we got a flat. That was the quickest tire change I have ever seen outside of NASCAR!
“The Circle......the Circle of Life.”
The coroner now states that the lion was in a temp. ‘holding’ cage while it’s ‘home’ cage was being cleaned by the young lady. Evidently the holding cage’s latch was improperly set and not fully latched and the lion was able to use it’s paw to completely unlatch it and get back into his home cage and kill her. Sad story.
was she having her period? The scent of blood might set off the lion.
Yes, I know: some claim grizzly bear attacks on women with their periods is a myth but any woman who has been sniffed or worse by male dogs knows the animals are attracted by the smell...
And why did she enter the cage: for work? and if it was her job, why did she do it without someone else there with her?
Never go into a lion’s den unless you’re well armed!
And never touch his remote control.
My attitude towards animals has changed a lot since I’ve had (and lost) a dog I loved.
I don’t think the lion should have been shot. I think the person that chose to pen up the animal(s) should be shot.
I’m confused. You kept a dog, presumably in an enclosed space (house, yard) until it died, and now you think folks who enclose animals should be shot?
But everyone has a different way of handling things, I guess. When my favorite golden retriever passed a few years back, I went out and filled the hole in my heart with another (but different breed) dog. Actually I got 2.
my dog wasn’t penned up pin head.
You’re right, you are confused.
My dog didn't want to leave my property without me even when she could. She was free to go in and out of the house ANYTIME she wanted or needed to...she din't have to beg or cry at the door like your's probably have to there in your trailer.