Kansas woman encounters escaped circus tiger in bathroom
The Salina resident and her 3-year-old daughter are able to slip away unharmed.
Tue, Apr 23 2013 at 11:10 AM
An adventurous tiger that decided to take a tour of the circus grounds after performing gave a Kansas woman, Jenna Krehbiel, and her 3-year-old daughter the scare of a lifetime.
The tiger, which belongs to the Isis Shrine Circus in Salina, got loose at the Bicentennial Centennial Center. Workers were able to block off the concourse, but not before the big cat made its way to the ladies' room.
Oblivious to the fact that a giant carnivore was on the lam, Krehbiel entered the bathroom, closed the door behind her, and came face-to-face with the 250-pound tiger. A mere two feet separated them.
“You don't expect to go in a bathroom door, have it shut behind you and see a tiger walking toward you. Looking back, it was a scary ordeal," Krehbiel said. "At the time, I was thinking I just needed to get out."
Krehbiel, a social worker, somehow remained calm and slowly backed out of the bathroom.
"Once she saw the tiger, I'm sure she knew to go the other way," Bicentennial Center manager Chris Bird said. "Overall, it was a scary, surreal moment. I am glad no one was hurt or injured."
See the tiger making a break for it in the video below:
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