I used to work summers as a ticket taker for the Griffith Park Zoo in Los Angeles. During breaks and lunch we had time to stroll through the zoo and get acquainted with the animals.
Joyce was a nice old lady who happened to be an Indian Elephant. Joyce is not an Indian name I know and I wonder how she got it. The animals were separated from the public by a high chainlink fence. Later the zoo was modernized and Joyce and friends got a nice fence-free compound. But in those days Joyce used to drape her trunk over the high fence and wait for visitors to offer her peanuts.
My zoo uniform included a Safari type pith sun helmet which made us look like Frank Buck in old Sepia toned travelogues of India and Africa. So, dressed in the Safari mode I strolled one day by the elephant compound, Joyce held her trunk over the fence and said, "Hey, Chuck, are you going to eat all those peanuts by yourself, or are going to share with a starving elephant?"
What could I do? I emptied my bag of peanuts into the helmet and held it high so Joyce could reach it with her trunk.
WHOOSH. The peanuts disappeard into Joyce with her first inhale. Then with the prehensile finger on the end of her trunk, Joyce grabbed the lining of the helmet. She had decided she wanted a taste of pith helmet too.
Now I was engaged in a tug of war with an elephant. I clutched my hat, and so did the elephant. Guess who was stronger. Joyce would not let go, nor did I, I would have ended up in the elephant compound if the lining of the helmet had not come loose.
I returned to work with a tattered hat. What Joyce did with her trophy I do not know. Ate it perhaps.