Back in Pi’s narrative, the family prepares to sail to Canada. Pi describes the huge hassle of selling off a whole zoo. It took a year to go through all the legal requirements, but the sales made enough money to fund the family’s journey. They arranged for some of the animals to travel with them across the Pacific, where they would be delivered to American zoos.
Everything is now in place to set up Pi’s unique journey. Pi contrasts the seeming freedom of a wild animal’s existence with the great legal hassle of doing anything with it in the human sphere.