Michael Jackson's elephant briefly escapes zoo enclosure

By Wade Sheridan
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June 18 (UPI) -- The late Michael Jackson's former elephant Ali, temporally escaped from his enclosed home at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Florida.

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens shared news of Ali's escape on Facebook Sunday noting that the elephant slipped through a gate that was accidentally left open, leading him to an area behind the giraffe and elephant barn.


"While guests were never in danger, safety protocols went into place and and Zoo staff immediately jumped into action to get the big guy back where he belonged. His keepers were able to quickly and safely walk Ali back into his enclosure with some food encouragement," the zoo said of how they were able to bring Ali back to where he belonged after breaking out for 20 minutes.

Ali came to the zoo in 1997 after residing at Jackson's famed Neverland Ranch. The legendary singer had a full private zoo at his estate with Jackson sending many of the animals to live at wildlife enclosures and public zoos before his death.

Jackson also formerly kept another elephant named Gypsy that was gifted to him by Elizabeth Taylor in 1991.


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