Tiger In Bathroom: Escaped Circus Tiger Found In Restroom By Kansas Woman Jenna Krehbiel

Tiger in bathroom
A Kansas circus goer came face to face with a lion Saturday after it escaped from the circus (not pictured). Above: Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars White Bengal tigers. Reuters

Just like the infamous scene from “The Hangover,” a woman walked into a bathroom only to be surprised by the presence of a tiger.

After viewing the big-cat show at the Isis Shrine Circus on Saturday in Kansas, circus patron, Jenna Krehbiel, left her family to use the restroom, only to find one of the felines staring back at her.

The AP reported that the tiger had escaped the performance ring at the Salina Bicentennial Center before security guards barricaded the animal in the woman’s restroom.

“I went in to use the bathroom and a lady came in to get her daughter out and said there was a tiger on the loose,” Krehbiel told The Salina Journal. “I didn’t know it was in the bathroom,” she said.

Krehbiel said the tiger was two feet away from her upon entering the restroom, estimating the animal looked to weigh around 250 lbs. Despite the intense situation, Krehbiel said it was her social worker background that helped her keep calm during the ordeal.

“…I turned around calmly and walked back toward the door,” she said. “I’m always on alert, and it was easy to walk out; that’s how I am trained.”

Bicentennial Center manager Chris Bird said workers were unaware Krehbiel had entered through another door, making her vulnerable to a tiger attack.

“I am sure she saw the tiger because the bathroom is only 25 feet long,” said Bird. “Overall, it was a scary, surreal moment. I am glad no one was hurt or injured."

Krehbiel, whose 3-year-old daughter’s only concern regarding the event was whether the tiger “washed his hands” before leaving the restroom, said she probably won’t be planning another circus visit anytime soon.

“It was the closest I have ever been to a tiger not in a cage," she said. “You don’t expect to go into a bathroom door, have it shut behind you and see a tiger walking toward you.”

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