Fear that we’re going to end up eaten or brutalized by a creature of a lower order plays a part in a number of urban legends about animals. In the back of our minds lurks the realization that we could end up some brute’s dinner or that the streak of wildness which runs through even domesticated creatures could suddenly surface, turning trusted companion or docile farm animal into rampaging beast. We live among them, we dominate them, but we don’t trust them.
Adding to that sense of unease is our awareness that the wild kingdom carries on its everyday business only steps from where we live, work, and play. Untamed creatures often invisibly co-exist with humans in urban spaces, and even bustling centers of humanity prove no bar to beasts of all descriptions.
These legends remind us to stay alert and to exercise proper levels of caution when dealing with all manner of animals or when intruding upon the habitat of wild creatures.
Elephant kills zookeeper by defecating on him.