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Coroner: Lion killed woman after escaping cage
Yahoo News ^ | March 8, 2013 | TRACIE CONE and GOSIA WOZNIACKA | Associated Press

Posted on 03/08/2013 5:43:42 AM PST by Uncle Chip

DUNLAP, Calif. (AP) — The investigation into a lion attack that killed a 24-year-old woman who loved big cats is focusing on a cage door that the 550-pound animal managed to escape through to reach the volunteer intern, officials say.

Authorities said Thursday they believe the 5-year-old male lion broke the neck of the woman at a Central California animal park after it got out of its feeding cage and attacked as she cleaned its bigger area.

The investigation is continuing into how the powerful beast and Dianna Hanson came tragically to be in the same place at the same time, Fresno County coroner David Hadden said.

"The lion had been fed, the young woman was cleaning the large enclosure, and the lion was in the small cage. The gate of the cage was partially open, which allowed the lion called Cous Cous to lift it up with his paw," Hadden said, based on a briefing from investigators. "He ran at the young lady."

Hanson was talking with a co-worker on a cellphone in the moments before she was killed, the coroner said. The co-worker became concerned when the conversation ended abruptly and Hanson failed to call back. The co-worker then called authorities when she went to check on Hanson. Hadden said the lion broke Hanson's neck, probably with a swipe of a paw, killing her instantly.

Sheriff's deputies shot Cous Cous after he couldn't be coaxed away from Hanson's body.

Hanson had been working for two months as an intern at Cat Haven, a 100-acre private zoo east of Fresno. Her father, Paul Hanson, described his daughter as a "fearless" lover of big cats and said her goal was to work with the animals at an accredited zoo. She died doing what she loves, he said.

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KEYWORDS: california; hanson; kittyping; lionkills
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She told her father she was frustrated that Cat Haven did not allow direct contact with animals.

"She was disappointed because she said they wouldn't let her into the cages with the lion and tiger there," said Paul Hanson, a Seattle-area attorney.

1 posted on 03/08/2013 5:43:42 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

The only thing I can think is thank goodness she died pretty quickly via a broken neck. I can’t even imagine being mauled by something that big. For whatever reason, many in our society have put “nice” attributes to wild animals. A lion is not cuddly.. it is a wild animal that will kill you.


2 posted on 03/08/2013 5:46:39 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Uncle Chip

I guess people forget that the big cats are way, way much different from the little domestic house cats.


3 posted on 03/08/2013 5:47:48 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: momtothree

They said on the news that the door to the cage had been left partially open so he was able to get his paw under there and lift it up.

What are the odds that this naive girl did that on purpose hoping that Cous Cous would lift up the door and come in to see her.


4 posted on 03/08/2013 5:55:11 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: momtothree

Did you ever see the YT vid of the photographer who got out of his family’s car, with wife and baby still inside, to get “better shots” of 3-4 lionesses? They attacked and ate him alive, on camera. It was beyond awful, with his wife and child going apoplectic and another cameraman trying to “shoo” the huge cats away from their kill. I won’t go into details, but after watching it 3x several years ago, I can still close my eyes and visualize it all. His family sued the jungle park for his stupidity; legal outcome unknown to me.


5 posted on 03/08/2013 5:55:45 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s Are The 21st Century's Muskets. Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!)
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To: Uncle Chip

Why was the woman in a cage and why was a lion near the cage to begin with?


6 posted on 03/08/2013 5:57:02 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Uncle Chip
She died doing what she loves, he said.

Every time I see someone say that I cringe. I'm guessing that her last thoughts were NOT "WOW! It's really great that I'm getting killed by a lion."

7 posted on 03/08/2013 5:57:17 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Biggirl

“I guess people forget that the big cats are way, way much different from the little domestic house cats.”

The primary difference is SIZE.

Lil’ Fluffums would happily go Full Predator on its doting owner if only it were large enough.


8 posted on 03/08/2013 5:59:16 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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To: Uncle Chip
"The gate of the cage was partially open, which allowed the lion called Cous Cous to lift it up with his paw,"

Sounds like human error on her part that led to two avoidable deaths - her own and the lion's.


9 posted on 03/08/2013 5:59:34 AM PST by Iron Munro (I miss America, don't you?)
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To: Uncle Chip

I’m reminded of the lion scene from “Steelyard Blues”.


10 posted on 03/08/2013 6:00:15 AM PST by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: Uncle Chip

Liberal moron. The other White meat...


11 posted on 03/08/2013 6:04:04 AM PST by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: GladesGuru

Even our sweet lovable kitty cats will do from time to time the swating action.


12 posted on 03/08/2013 6:04:22 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Uncle Chip

Normally, the big cat would sail away with you in a life boat, and you’d land on an island populated with lots of easy prey for the cat. That’s what the movies taught me.


13 posted on 03/08/2013 6:04:48 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: momtothree

That’s right. They are called “wild” animals for a reason. I don’t care how cute they look, if there wasn’t a cage between you and them, they will kill you. People get some deadly stupid ideas in their heads about animals sometimes. They don’t think like people. They want to eat people.


14 posted on 03/08/2013 6:04:50 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Uncle Chip; Slings and Arrows

PING this one over to you Slings And Arrows. :)=^..^=


15 posted on 03/08/2013 6:05:18 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Uncle Chip

“Her father, Paul Hanson, described his daughter as a “fearless” lover of big cats and said her goal was to work with the animals at an accredited zoo. She died doing what she loves, he said.”

Funny, the lion also died doing what he loved best, eating liberal twits that get in his cage.


16 posted on 03/08/2013 6:05:21 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Larry Lucido

LOL


17 posted on 03/08/2013 6:07:11 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Beagle8U

LOL


18 posted on 03/08/2013 6:08:26 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Biggirl
“I guess people forget that the big cats are way, way much different from the little domestic house cats.”

Different only in that they are smaller. If they were as big as a lion they would kill you just for fun.

19 posted on 03/08/2013 6:08:52 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Biggirl

Really. If a house cat gets moody on you, you will get a nasty scratch. But if you get on the nerves of a big cat you will get agonizingly dismembered and maybe even eaten while still alive. Unfortunately many people-and the majority of the under-40 crowd-are oblivious to such basic practicalities. After all, it’s All About Them.


20 posted on 03/08/2013 6:14:24 AM PST by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: Beagle8U

Absolutely correct. Funnily ironic screen name by the way.


21 posted on 03/08/2013 6:15:51 AM PST by Right Brother
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To: Uncle Chip

You can bet she was an dirt worshiper.

Pray for America


22 posted on 03/08/2013 6:17:25 AM PST by bray (Welcome to Obamaville)
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To: central_va
Why was the woman in a cage and why was a lion near the cage to begin with?

Did you even attempt to read the article? I mean even the excerpt at the top of the page has the information you seek.

The young woman worked as a volunteer at the big cat haven. She was cleaning the lion's pen as the lion was in a smaller enclosure being fed.

23 posted on 03/08/2013 6:20:38 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius (www.wilsonharpbooks.com)
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To: central_va
Why was the woman in a cage and why was a lion near the cage to begin with?

Apparently it was an exercise in wish fulfillment by a narcissistic youth. Unlike most risky behaviors committed by narcissistic youth this one had immediate consequences.

24 posted on 03/08/2013 6:22:33 AM PST by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Same thing happened with a tiger here at the San Antonio Zoo - the keeper neglected to completely shut the steel door, cat came in and started “playing” with the keeper. He managed to pull out his pepper spray and let the cat have a big dose, then escaped. My daughter worked with him a few summers ago - he has long, ugly scars all across his scalp and says, “it was completely my fault”.

Scary, but much better outcome than here.


25 posted on 03/08/2013 6:22:34 AM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: Uncle Chip

Hmmmm...

Put the 1/4 ton tom cat in his “feeding” cage... I’m sure being in that place evokes a visceral response from his little kitty brain...

Now, go in with your pooper scooper and cell phone... to be his personal poopy-picker-upper... chatting and yapping on your cell phone...

He looks out from his “feeding” cage (thinking of food)... as he hears some chatty yapping... “did you see animal planet last night ?”... it was just like the “lion king”... yeh, I don’t lock his feeding cage. That’s cruel, locking them up. He loves me, he’s always sniffing me, panting and drooling... he’s a sweetie...

LION’s MIND: what’s that two-legged antelope doing in my house... that friggin’ antelope... why can’t it leave my s**t alone... man I’m hungry... I’m always hungry... like Norm always wants a beer... stupid antelope never locks this gate... that’s it, I want some live meat.


26 posted on 03/08/2013 6:26:53 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: Uncle Chip
But they are just so cute - aren't they?

/s


27 posted on 03/08/2013 6:27:19 AM PST by Iron Munro (I miss America, don't you?)
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To: central_va

“Why was the woman in a cage and why was a lion near the cage to begin with?”

That question is probably not within the coroner’s purview.


28 posted on 03/08/2013 6:29:57 AM PST by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
I am making fun of the stupid media headline. Lighten up.

A proper headline: Lion euthanized after escaping cage, killing woman

29 posted on 03/08/2013 6:30:50 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: BigCinBigD

‘the other white meat’ - you are SO BAD.


30 posted on 03/08/2013 6:31:34 AM PST by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: Uncle Chip

I remember Rush saying, years ago, that wild animals wake up in the morning with only two thoughts in their little pea brain: Kill something, and eat it.


31 posted on 03/08/2013 6:31:37 AM PST by Fireone (Impeach and imprison, NOW! Treason and murder are still crimes.)
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To: from occupied ga
She died doing what she loves, he said.

Every time I see someone say that I cringe. I'm guessing that her last thoughts were NOT "WOW! It's really great that I'm getting killed by a lion."

Reminds me of the late little Timmy Tredwell doing what he loved to do. ...being bear food.

32 posted on 03/08/2013 6:33:12 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Biggirl

The only difference between a domesticated cat and a lion/tiger is 400-500 pounds.


33 posted on 03/08/2013 6:38:00 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Uncle Chip

I probably shouldn’t write this, but here goes...I think this intern was nutty and believed animals are not really any different than humans. I suspect she herself opened the lion’s cage or at least got closer to it than she had been told she should.


34 posted on 03/08/2013 6:41:18 AM PST by utahagen
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To: Resolute Conservative

How big a litter box does a 600 pound lion need?


35 posted on 03/08/2013 6:41:34 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Uncle Chip

“.. what are the odds that this naive girl...”

It makes me wonder simply because she was “frustrated” (according to the article and her family) that she couldn’t hang out with the big cats. Perhaps she did leave the cage open in hopes of an “accidental” meeting with the animal (thinking it would be loving instead of what it was).


36 posted on 03/08/2013 6:45:39 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Biggirl
Even our sweet lovable kitty cats will do from time to time the swating action.

Yes, aren't we glad they aren't big enough to eat us!

37 posted on 03/08/2013 6:47:51 AM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

“People get some deadly stupid ideas...”

There is a television show (the name escapes me right now... deadly obsession or something similar) and I am amazed at how ignorant/stupid/crazy people are with these type animals. Big cats, bulls, alligators, poisonous snakes.. you name it and there is some person that owns them, calls them “their baby” and treats them like a kittie cat or puppy. Not sure if this is some sort of death wish or just beyond stupid crazy but it exists.


38 posted on 03/08/2013 6:48:49 AM PST by momtothree
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To: TexasCajun
Reminds me of the late little Timmy Tredwell doing what he loved to do. ...being bear food.

Agreed. Despite the fanatic and fervent belief of some many idiots that animals are just furry humans, they are NOT. (Dog owners come to mind in this regard.) Too many kids actually believe that Bambi is a nature documentary and never outgrow that stupidity.

39 posted on 03/08/2013 6:51:07 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Uncle Chip
If the liberal idiot would have been carrying a semi-automatic 45 she would be alive today.

A lion got her for being and idiot 2x , for wanting to play with lions and for not carrying a gun. At least she died quickly , a rapist might have gotten her and did to her what one did to Hope Melton. 300,000 women get raped per year in the U.S. , 2.5 million home invasions per year in the U.S.A but the liberal news media ignore those stats.

I carry a gun and I'm a southern male but anything be it a bear , lion or thug that comes at me the wrong way gets the lead.

40 posted on 03/08/2013 6:51:28 AM PST by Democrat_media (media makes mass shooters household names to create more & take our guns)
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To: from occupied ga
Captain Smith: “I am so happy to be going down with my ship”

Robert Scott: I am so thrilled to die freezing, starving, and exhausted.

“Thursday, March 29 - Since the 21st we have had a continuous gale from W.S.W. and S.W. We had fuel to make two cups of tea apiece and bare food for two days on the 20th. Every day we have been ready to start for our depot 11 miles away, but outside the door of the tent it remains a scene of whirling drift. I do not think we can hope for any better things now. We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker, of course, and the end cannot be far. It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more.”

IF, he had the strength to write more, I'm sure he would have written how happy he was to die doing what he loved.

Hugo Chavez: Loved being the Dictator of Venezuela. His final last words were : I am so happy to die doing what I love” ........... Ugh, No, His final last words were “ Please don't let me die”. Some hero. What a coward.

41 posted on 03/08/2013 6:53:41 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: central_va

As big as he wants?...


42 posted on 03/08/2013 6:59:10 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Uncle Chip

I’m sorry for this young lady but this is typical stupidity of “save the animals” liberals. My lib sister in law believes that small town America should be bull dozed and “given back to the animals”.


43 posted on 03/08/2013 6:59:22 AM PST by albie (re)
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To: Uncle Chip

Yesterday the lion was said to weigh 350 lbs.-—more of an adolescent-—and today the number is 550, closer to the full weight of an adult male lion. Sloppy reporting....


44 posted on 03/08/2013 7:10:23 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: albie
My lib sister in law believes that small town America should be bull dozed and “given back to the animals

Just guessing here, but I'm guessing that she isn't volunteering HER home to be bulldozed and given back to the animals

45 posted on 03/08/2013 7:15:12 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: carriage_hill

“... ever see the YT vid...

I searched for it and found it. OMG! Yes... it is awful. What sort of infuriated me is the fact that this man’s “I am a professional wildlife photographer wanna be” probably scarred his wife, 9 year old and two year old forever. I don’t think any amount of therapy would help those children especially. Did you see the last photographs? It was a lioness showing her teeth just before he got jumped. Stupid, stupid, stupid.


46 posted on 03/08/2013 7:15:23 AM PST by momtothree
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To: albie

“... lib sister in law believes that small town America should be full dozed..”

Maybe you should suggest that she volunteer at one of the big cat sanctuaries. Okay.. that was mean. I am in a mean feeling day. LOL!


47 posted on 03/08/2013 7:17:13 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Biggirl
I guess people forget that the big cats are way, way much different from the little domestic house cats.

Not so different.

We think house cats are nice only because we are so much bigger than they are...

48 posted on 03/08/2013 7:22:04 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: Uncle Chip
Liberal idiot didn't have a gun.


49 posted on 03/08/2013 7:22:27 AM PST by Democrat_media (media makes mass shooters household names to create more & take our guns)
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To: momtothree

THE MANEATERS OF TSAVO and THE MANEATERS OF KUMAON should be required reading for these people.

Maybe a read of DEATH IN THE LONG GRASS and other books by PETER H CAPSTICK. If you get through the first paragraph you will be hooked and can’t put it down.


50 posted on 03/08/2013 7:26:43 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (CLICK my name. See the murals before they are painted over! POTEET THEATER in OKC!)
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