Woman Meets circus Tiger in Bathroom…This Kansas woman won’t forget her first trip to the circus.
The Salina Journal reports Jenna Krehbiel stepped out to go to the bathroom after watching the large cat show and came face to face with a jungle cat in the women’s bathroom. Chris Bird, manager at the Bicentennial Center, said the tiger escaped during the show and staff quickly barricaded off the concourse.
“You don’t expect to go in a bathroom door, have it shut behind you and see a tiger walking toward you,” Krehbiel said.
Chris Bird, manager at the Bicentennial Center, said the bathroom was only 25 feet long.
“Once she saw the tiger, I’m sure she knew to go the other way,” Bird said. “Overall, it was a scary, surreal moment. I am glad no one was hurt or injured.”
The tiger was captured within minutes and returned to its enclosure.
Krehbiel, a social worker, said she didn’t scream or run because she is trained to stay calm.
“Looking back, it was a scary ordeal,” she said. “At the time, I was thinking I just needed to get out.”
Krehbiel said her 3-year-old daughter had a different reaction.
“My daughter wanted to know if it had washed its hands,” Krehbiel said. “That was her only concern. I think that shows the thoughts of children and that they wouldn’t have known there was danger.”