Tiger In Bathroom: How Did Kansas Woman Survive Encounter With Escaped Circus Animal Unharmed? [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on April 22, 2013 5:37 PM EDT

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Circus tigers perform in a cage (Photo: Creative Commons)

A tiger in a bathroom was discovered by a woman in central Kansas.

The tiger was an escaped animal that belonged to the Isis Shrine Circus in Salina. Circus workers responded to the tiger on the loose and blocked off the concourses at the Bicentennial Centennial Center to contain the situation.

Oblivious to the event, Salina resident Jenna Krehbiel walked into the women's bathroom. To her surprise, the door had closed behind her while the 250-pound tiger stood only 2 feet away from her. Despite the moment of sheer panic, Jenna Krehbiel, a social worker, maintained a calm exterior and slowly escaped from the animal.

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"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."

Bicentennial Center manager Chris Bird shared the heart racing incident:

"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."

Jenna Krehbiel's 3-year-old daughter was with her when the incident occurred.

"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."

See how the tiger escaped in the shocking video below:

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