A Mother's Anguish: Family Grieves for Lion Mauling Victim

California Big Cat Sanctuary re-opened following deadly attack of Diana Hanson.
1:51 | 03/10/13

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snow, and it's down to here. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.AólVYwlQ97 Re-opening today. It's my desire that they continue their mission in support of saving my daughter's beloved creatures. Reporter: Hanson had been cleaning an empty enclosure last wednesday when the 550-pound lion escaped from his feeding pen and pounced on the 24-year-old intern, breaking her neck, killing her instantly. The lion has been taken care of. Reporter: Hanson's heart-broken father, telling abc news -- just used to scare her mother and me to death to think of her in the cage. I never got used to that. There's a long and growing casualty list of people who have been injured or killed by dangerous wild animals kept as pets. Reporter: More tigers are kept in captivity in the u.S. Than are left in the wild. In ohio, more than 50 exotic animals let loose by their owner, terrorized a community. I think I just seen one. Looked like a jaguar or wolf or something. Reporter: Mitchell talmanson has a booming business ensuring exotic animal owners. Inspecking their properties and making sure their cages are secure. You think they're nice and cute and cuddly. All of a sudden they're grown and they can turn within seconds. Reporter: Even in captivity these animals never lose their wild ins hanson's family started a fund in her honor to benefit the wildlife organizations she loved. Including cat haven where her parents say, she decide doing her dream job.

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