Elephant Once Belonging to Michael Jackson Escapes Zoo Enclosure

Ali, the 28-year-old elephant, made his great escape Sunday afternoon.
Ali, the 28-year-old elephant, made his great escape Sunday afternoon. (Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens)

An elephant that once belonged to Michael Jackson took a note from his former owner and just "Beat It."

Ali, a 28-year-old elephant that now lives at the Jacksonville Zoo, escaped its enclosure and sauntered into a courtyard behind the giraffe and elephant barn Sunday afternoon when zookeepers accidentally left the gate open.

“His keepers were able to quickly and safely walk Ali back into his enclosure with the encouragement of food," the Jacksonville Zoo said in a statement.

The zoo added that visitors were never in danger, and chalked the escape to human error.

Ali was born in the wild, and came to Florida from the Neverland Ranch in 1997.

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