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Lion mauling death: How dangerous are private zoos? (+video)

Animal behavior experts called the mauling death of a young woman in California an unfortunately predictable tragedy. Conservationists say too many exotic animals are kept privately in the US.

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The mauling death of a 24-year-old intern at a private zoo in central California Wednesday has renewed calls for better regulation of exotic animals in the US.

A five-year-old male African lion named CousCous – who had once appeared as a cub on the TV show “Ellen” – attacked and killed the volunteer, Dianna Hanson, who was alone in the cage with the big cat.

In announcing Ms. Hanson’s death, park owner Dale Anderson gave no details as to why she had entered the enclosure by herself. But animal behavior experts say this was an unfortunately predictable tragedy, and conservationists are calling this further evidence of the need for better oversight.


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