DUNLAP, Calif. (AP) - The brother of the Seattle-area intern fatally mauled by a lion at a Central California exotic animal park says the family always wondered about the risks in her chosen line of work, but knew the dangers were a part of the profession.
Dianna Hanson's older brother, Paul Hanson, said his sister had followed her passion to care for animals since a young age.
He says she grew up loving the family's two cats, volunteered at a local animal shelter and hoped to get certified to pursue a career in wildlife conservation or work at a zoo.
He says the family was notified of her death by the said Fresno County Sheriff's Office. Paul Hanson thinks his sister would be devastated to know that the lion that attacked her on Wednesday was killed.
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