Elephant on the run in Ireland

Molly Novak

A 2.5 ton circus elephant broke away from its handlers and ran loose in Cork, Ireland Wednesday afternoon.

The 40-year-old elephant, named Baby, was filmed galloping through a mall parking lot, narrowly missing cars before breaking a barrier to a busy road, reported Fox DC.

MSNBC reported that the pachyderm was stopped and led back to the circus, only a short distance away. The incident took only about five minutes.

Reports said the elephant broke loose because it didn't want to take a bath.