I find myself.... dumbstruck at the stupidity of these people. You don't fuck with elephants. Or ostriches! But here the youngest boy is going out and (somehow) catching them with lassoes, and the adults kind of roll their eyes and say "Okay, you can keep him."
As if the entire world is his personal pet store. As if an ostrich couldn't disembowel a full-grown man with one kick. As if the elephant couldn't easily kill any of them with one flick of the trunk. Oh, of COURSE the elephant will be happy to help us with manual labor! And be our pet!
That kid is destined to become the world's youngest exotic animal hoarder, who ends up eaten by his own pet monitor lizard or something.
It also displays a pecular brand of cultural arrogance, a holdover of the "we are God's chosen and the world is there for our picking" attitude that cares little or nothing for the consequences of such actions. I don't think they'd even designate a method for handling trash or waste. (They may have in the original material, mind you, but from what I'm seeing they don't seem at all inclined to think of such things.)
I mean, I KNOW environmentalism as we know it wasn't invented yet, but could we think a little before rampaging all over the pristine wilderness, taking what we like from wherever it is, and throwing the apple cores and papaya rinds willy-nilly? Plzkthx.
Your Viking Name is...
(Well, actually, that wouldn't really be your name -- since you're female, your name would be something like "Sæuðr Björnsdottir". But this is the twenty-first century, and you want to be known for who you are, not for who your father was, right? Right.)
Your Viking Personality: The tougher Vikings might let you on the boat, but generally only when they need ballast. You have a thirst for battle -- unfortunately, you're not terribly good at it. You probably know which end of a sword to hold, but you're not a fearsome fighter by any stretch of the imagination.
You might grumble a bit at the lack of amenities on board a Viking longboat, but you can handle it. Other Vikings tolerate your presence, though they're not quite sure if they can trust you to fight dirty.
You have a fairly pragmatic attitude towards life, and tend not to expend effort in areas where it would be wasted. Other Vikings would be calling you "tree-hugging hippie peacenik" if the phrase had been invented.
Yes. I am the hippie Viking. Gnar.