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 49 Karin Mamma Andersson Inside the moody, mysterious world of Sweden’s preeminent painter. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Jenny Odell The acclaimed author in search of lost time. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Amalie Smith The Danish arts writer finding clarity between the lines. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Ryan Heffington Meet the man bringing choreography, community and queer joy to the desert. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Nell Wulfhart Advice from a decision coach. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 49 A World of Difference A fun lesson in cultural faux pas.