Those who were in the car during the incident, and one of whom has his window do
wn, appear to be surprisingly calm as the beast grips the tire and cuddles with it.
“At least he didn’t bite one of the other wheels. Then we’d be in big trouble,” the driver, sanctuary owner John Varty, notes in the video.
The footage skips ahead and follows the vehicle as Varty slowly drives it down a dirt road believing that the tiger will jump off, which he eventually does, reports The Huffington Post.
“I couldn’t believe it when he started to sleep while we were driving along. That’s the first time I’ve ever known this to happen,” VartyÂ told the Austrian Times. “I couldn’t get him off until I went over some really rough ground that he didn’t like.”
Varty, who also works as a filmmaker, founded the sanctuary in order to “create a free-ranging, self-sustaining tiger population outside Asia,” he notes on his website.
Tigers are included into the lest of the mostÂ endangered speciesÂ and the geographical area where they can be found has decreased by more than 50 percent during the last three generations.
By the way, back in April reports emerged claiming that a Texas woman met a tiger when she went to bathroom after sheÂ had finished watching the tiger show at the Isis Shrine Circus.
â€śI went in to use the bathroom, and a lady came in to get her daughter out and said there was a tiger loose,â€ť Krehbiel said. â€śI didnâ€™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. Someone opened the door and said get out.â€ť
The woman went on, revealing to reporters that the tiger she met in the bathroom â€śwasnâ€™t the biggest oneâ€ť performing, but she estimated it was more than 250 pounds.
â€śIt was the closest I have ever been to a tiger not in a cage,â€ť Krehbiel said. â€śYou donâ€™t expect to go in a bathroom door, have it shut behind you and see a tiger walking toward you.â€ť
Chris Bird, manager at the Bicentennial Center, explained that the jungle cat escaped during the show, and staff quickly barricaded off the concourse.
He also added that the tiger veered off into an open bathroom and a security guard got people out, shut the door behind the tiger and barricaded the door, but forgot about the other one, the one Krehbiel went into.
The circus manager said he hadnâ€™t heard about Krehbielâ€™s account until contacted by journalists but confirmed that it was â€śdefinitely accurate,â€ť but he doesnâ€™t know how close she got to the tiger, reports .
â€śI am sure she saw the tiger because the bathroom is only 25 feet long,â€ť Bird said. â€śOnce she saw the tiger, Iâ€™m sure she knew to go the other way. Overall, it was a scary, surreal moment. I am glad no one was hurt or injured.â€ť