When you go to the circus you should expect some unusual things to happen. Clown trauma, midget encounters, watching a family of trapeze artists being murdered by a psychopath with severe facial scarring and a flair for theatrics.
What you do not expect is to find a 300-pound tiger waiting for you in the bathroom.
The big cat had escaped briefly after its turn in the ring at the Isis Shrine Circus in Salina, Kanses. Staff members blocked off the concourse as the tiger wandered into the bathroom, where one of the doors was blockaded.
About that time, Salina resident Jenna Krehbiel decided she needed to use the restroom. When she walked in the door that hadn't been blocked off, she found a tiger standing about 2 feet away.
"You don't expect to go in a bathroom door, have it shut behind you and see a tiger walking toward you," Krehbiel said.
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."
Love the kid's reaction.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.
The rest of us are a bit crap.