Michael Jackson’s elephant escaped enclosure at Florida zoo

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) – An elephant, once owned by Michael Jackson, got out of an enclosure at the Jacksonville Zoo.

No one was hurt when the elephant escaped his enclosure and went on a little adventure Sunday afternoon, the zoo said on Facebook. 

Ali the elephant was reported missing from his holding yard around 12:20 p.m. Zoo officials said the mischievous mammal had wandered out of the enclosure through a gate that was accidentally left open.

The zoo went into code red and workers blocked off traffic near the elephant building.  

Zookeepers found Ali in a courtyard behind the giraffe and elephant night-house and led the elephant back to the enclosure, WJAX reports. 

“We perform animal escape drills so that our team can practice for just this sort of occasion,” said Tony Vecchio, executive director of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. ”I’m proud to say our staff did exactly what they were supposed to and everything was resolved quickly.”

Ali reportedly came to the zoo in 1997 from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. He is estimated to be 28-years-old. The elephant now spends his days hanging out at his habitat with two older females named Sheena and Thandi. 

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