SALINA, Kansas (KWCH/CNN) — A tiger escaped during a circus act in Kansas over the weekend. The animal was quickly rounded up by security, but not before a close encounter in the women’s bathroom.
Jenna Krehbiel says the tiger show had just finished, and she thought it was a good time to head to the restroom.
But while she was gone, Leah the tiger decided she needed a break, too.
“We watched (the tiger), it jumped out and it was looking around for where to go,” said Thomas Denton Devore.
Then Devore’s thoughts shifted toward his wife, who had just gone to the bathroom.
“I called my wife and told her to lock herself in a stall,” Devore said.
And that’s exactly where Leah headed — to the women’s restroom.
Jenna soon came face-to-face with the tiger … close enough to touch.
“My first thought was, ‘Okay, you need to be calm, turn around, walk out … you’ll be fine.’ And that’s what I did,” said Jenna.
Officials from the circus venue say the tiger was on the loose for a few minutes.
No one was hurt.