Hushpuppy returns to the remains of the Bathtub with leftover alligator in a brown paper bag, just as the giant Aurochs have made it to what's left of her home. Knowing that weakness makes them hungry, she turns to face them and declares, "I gotta take care of mine." They kneel in recognition of her strength as she feeds her dying father. At a certain point in the film, it doesn't matter what's real or not real in the movie. We may not be pursued by ancient, tusked beasts, but we are constantly at the mercy of powers beyond our control, such as death, time, and change. What is important here is that Hushpuppy believes these things are happening and she responds to them with grace. That statement by Hushpuppy, "I gotta take care of mine," mind you, is less of a call for provincialism than an acknowledgment that too often, especially if you are from a community like the one Hushpuppy comes from (or real-life New Orleans or Sandtown for that matter), no one else will take care of yours.