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Circus tiger briefly escapes during Kansas show

Published on -4/22/2013, 7:43 AM

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SALINA, Kan. (AP) -- A circus tiger gets loose behind the scenes during a show in Kansas but is quickly captured by handlers before many spectators knew what was going on.

The Salina Journal (http://bit.ly/15xRgWq) reports the big cat escaped backstage during an Isus Shrine Circus show at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Salina Bicentennial Center.

Staff members blocked off all entrances where the public could come into contact with the tiger to minimize risk. That included a public restroom, where workers had to turn people away until the tiger was back in custody.

Bicentennial manager Chris Bird says most people, other than those who couldn't get into the restroom, had no idea a dangerous animal had briefly escaped.

The circus had one more show scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

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