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 42 Anna Wiener Anna Wiener was on the path to Silicon Valley success. Then she pivoted. Allyssia Alleyne charts the making of a tech-skeptic. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Influencers Anonymous Instagram content creators answer a short survey about the influencer industry. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Crazy Busy There’s no rest for the aspirational. Arts & Culture Issue 42 The Goal Keepers Not your therapist, not your friend: What accounts for the remarkable rise of the life coach? Arts & Culture Issue 42 Torrey Peters The Detransition, Baby author is living her best life. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Trash Talk On wish-cycling and wishful thinking.