And so did Jenna Krehbiel, who was experiencing her very first trip to the circus.
Krehbiel said that despite being only two feet away from the animal, she was able to calmly and silently turn around and exit the bathroom.
"I'm always on alert," said Krehbiel, who is a social worker by trade. "And it was easy to walk out; that's how I am trained."
Bicentennial Center manager Chris Bird confirm that the incident took place, and called it "a scary, surreal moment." He added: "I am glad no one was hurt or injured."
As for Krehbiel, she says she's done with circuses for a while and will be sticking with zoos, "where I know [the animals] won't get loose."