Not always. Pre-independace, the Uganda game department ran a small zoo in Entebbe. One enclosure had a couple of elephant calves. One evening, my brother put his arm through the fence to feed one (Twit!) The young jumbo promptly grabbed it with his trunk and started to pull him through the fence. My parents grabbed the idiot and a tug of war began. Unfortunately they won.Lovely wee granddaughter feeding the deer at a deer park (Last year, so no social distancing then)
There's a special attachment between children and animals.