/WSYR-TV) – An employee at an animal sanctuary in California was mauled to death by a lion on Wednesday.
The victim, according to the founder of the animal sanctuary called Project Survival’s Cat Haven, located in Fresno County, was a female volunteer intern.
It's unknown at this time why the employee was inside the cage and what led to the attack.
The victim's name has not been released.
The four-year-old male lion named “Cous Cous” was shot and killed by a responding deputy.
The lion was raised at the facility since he was 8-weeks-old.
The Fresno County Sheriff's Department and California Department of Fish and Game are investigating the deaths.
Cat Haven is located on Highway 180 in Dunlap, about 30 minutes east of Fresno.