Children walking in the forest don’t censor their expectations when it comes to animals. They hope to see not just foxes and owls, but lions, polar bears, and goblins too. As we grow older, our encounters with animals become more rote—we know what’s around, and what isn’t. Which is why it’s such a delight to occasionally see animals out of place. Looking up from a drink in Telegraph Hill, for example, to hear San Francisco’s parrots squawking through the fog. Or coming upon wild pigs crowding a beach in the Bahamas. These oddities revive old hopes that anything can happen. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Eight Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 45 Yoga with Adriene The internet’s best friend is—finally—finding her own flow. Arts & Culture Garden Issue 45 Piet Oudolf The Dutch designer bringing life—and death—to traditional gardens. Arts & Culture Issue 45 Thomas MacDonell The conservationist transforming the Highlands. Arts & Culture Design Issue 45 The New Craftsmen From the Outer Hebrides to central London, Catherine Lock is celebrating the crafts heritage of Great Britain. Arts & Culture Music Issue 45 Gerard & Kelly On dance, domesticity and the giants of modernism. Arts & Culture Issue 45 Hang in There How to make the best of a bad job.