Michael Jackson’s elephant was on the loose!
As RadarOnline.com has learned, the adorable wild animal that once lived in the iconic singer’s Neverland Ranch, escaped his Florida Zoo pen this Sunday.
The elephant, named Ali, wandered out of his enclosure after the gate was accidentally left open by a zookeeper. He roamed around the area for about 20 minutes before staffers “moonwalked” him back.
“What do you do when an elephant ends up in a yard he’s not supposed to be in? You moonwalk him back to his proper enclosure!” Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens posted on their Facebook page after the hilarious incident.
“At 12:20 today, Ali, our sweet-natured bull elephant who came to the Zoo in 1997 from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, went through a gate that was accidentally left open and ended up in a courtyard behind the giraffe and elephant barn. While guests were never in danger, safety protocols went into place and… Zoo staff immediately jumped into action to get the big guy back where he belonged,” they wrote in their statement.
“His keepers were able to quickly and safely walk Ali back into his enclosure with some food encouragement. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and all AZA accredited zoos practice for just such occasions so our dedicated team was prepared. All in all, Ali was out of his yard for 20 minutes.”
“Let’s give a hand to the staff who were able to get him back into his yard so quickly and proceed to fill the comments with appropriate Michael Jackson song titles and gifs,” added the Zoo.
Long live Ali the elephant!
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