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Elephant Which Once Lived At Michael Jackson's Santa Barbara County Ranch Makes Brief Escape At Zoo

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Michael Jackson's former elephant "Ali" now lives at Jacksonville, Florida zoo

He wasn’t moonwalking like Michael Jackson, but an elephant which once lived at the late pop singer’s ranch in Santa Barbara County was definitely putting on some moves over the weekend.

“Ali” the bull elephant took advantage of a gate which was accidently left open in his enclosure at the Jacksonville, Florida zoo Sunday.

He walked into a courtyard between the elephant, and giraffe enclosures before he was corralled. Zoo officials say guests were never in danger, and that they used food to lure him back into his home.

Jackson donated the elephant which had been living at his Neverland Ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley to the Florida zoo in 1997.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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