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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Kansas woman comes face to face with escaped circus tiger during trip to bathroom


 Scary: A visitor to the Isis Shrine Circus in Salina, Kansas found herself just two feet away from an escaped tiger when she went to the bathroom during the show on Saturday
from:  dailymail.co.uk
By Daily Mail Reporter
22 April 2013
A central Kansas woman got the shock of her life on Saturday when she found herself sharing a bathroom with a tiger.
Salina resident Jenna Krehbiel was at the Isis Shrine Circus with her daughter when she decided to take a trip to the bathroom during the show.
The big cat had escaped briefly after its turn in the ring and had wandered into the bathroom while staff hunting for the beast blocked off concourses at the Bicentennial Center.
When Krehbiel walked in the door that hadn't been blocked off, she found a tiger standing about 2 feet away, The Salina Journal reported.
'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.'
 
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Not so sweet: The tiger had briefly escaped from its cage and circus staff had blocked off all but one bathroom door
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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.'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2313177/Woman-meets-circus-tiger-bathroom-Jenna-Krehbiel-comes-face-face-escaped-Isis-Shrine-Circus-animal.html#ixzz2RHoSQ86o
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