Everything about this story, of a woman who walked in on a tiger in a circus bathroom, is awesome. But most importantly is the part where nobody got hurt and everyone was faine.
Kansas native Jenna Krehbiel was attending the big cat show at the Isis Shrine Circus when she felt what I will euphemistically refer to as the call of nature, because I’m feeling euphemistic and also tigers. What she didn’t know was that the bathroom was occupied. Here’s her account:
I went in to use the bathroom, and a lady came in to get her daughter out and said there was a tiger loose. I didn’t know it was in the bathroom, and I walked in the (open) door, which closed right after I had walked in. I saw the tiger; it was at most two feet in front of me, and I turned around calmly and walked back toward the door.
The animal had escaped during the show, and while staff had leapt to action to secure it. After it dodged into an open bathroom, staff barricaded the door, but didn’t manage to get to the 25 foot room’s second entrance, which was the one nearest to Krehbiel, before she entered it. In the end, no animals or humans were harmed in her close encounter, and the tiger was recaptured. Krehbiel’s attitude towards it is what really makes the story, though. “You don’t expect to go in a bathroom door, have it shut behind you and see a tiger walking toward you,” she told the Salina Journal.
Her three year old daughter was also pretty freaking great. She was not there when her mom encountered the tiger, but after Krehbiel told her what had happened, she just wanted to “know if it had washed its hands.” Look, hygiene is very important, especially for cats.