March 6th, 2013
11:32 PM ET

Corwin reacts to deadly lion attack

A male African lion killed a woman volunteering as an intern at a California sanctuary on Wednesday. The lion, named Couscous, was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy after the fatal attack that happened in his cage.

Wild animal expert Jeff Corwin, who held that lion as a cub, discusses the incident with Anderson Cooper. "These are powerful creatures and they possess incredible strength and predatory skills," he says.

The 4-year-old lion had been raised at the sanctuary since a young age. "These animals can spend a lifetime with little aggression and little examples of potential danger to humans beings, but when you weigh almost 400 pounds, you really only need to have one bad moment," says Corwin.

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  1. Kelly K

    I truly HATE that they automatically killed this poor lion. He only did what came natural to him. Should it be legal to shoot a human for breathing? Wildlife caretakers know the risks when they take the job. It is a great shame that this woman died, but it did not bring her back when they killed Couscous, too. Her family still suffers, I have no doubt. This knee-jerk type of reaction needs to stop.

    March 9, 2013 at 1:33 am |
  2. dee in ohio

    so sorry to hear of ms hansons death by the animals she loved. the lion couscous looks like he is a barbary lion which are endangered and almost extinct except for some barabary's living in sanctuaries like cat haven. unfortunate that we also had to lose another extinct animal in addition to the death of this young women. sad result for all involved in this tragedy.

    March 7, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
  3. kim nowak

    why did they kill couscous? he was a lion, and everyone knows the risks.
    i dont understand why they had to kill this lion.

    March 7, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
  4. Alisha

    I knew the woman that was killed. She was a very good friend and wanted to work with big cats for as long as I remember, at least since 1st grade. She was 24. I will miss her very much.

    March 7, 2013 at 1:53 am |