If you could be an animal or other mammal, what would you be? Why?

United States
March 1, 2007 2:58pm CST
Be specific. If you want to be a bear; what kind of bear. How about a breed of dog, cat, fish, etc. You can even be an insect if you wish. I would love to be a dolphin. They are beautiful, they don't have any known predators. They're playful and I believe a whole lot more intelligent than I think science believes. They are also in a place I would love to explore, the ocean. Man has explored so little of the oceans here on earth.
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
9 Mar 07
i would like to be a small bird. its because i wish to fly! ^__^ hmm.. to be a nightingale would be nice. i'd love to have a nice.... "chirp"? lol
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• United States
9 Mar 07
Tweet tweet. Nightingales are beautiful little birds. With beautiful songs. ‹(°¿°)›
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
11 Mar 07
nice voice and songs huh... good for me. im a frustrated singer. lol
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• United States
12 Mar 07
You're so funny secretbear. Tweet tweet, chirp, chirp, eep, eep!?
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@makaira (1159)
• Philippines
4 Mar 07
i would like to be the world's largest fish, the whale shark, Rhincodon typus. i like the whale shark because it is large yet it is very gentle and totally harmless. aside from this, this fish is also very amazing as it feeds on the tiniest animals on the sea yet it is the largest of all fish (can grow up to 15 meters long). whale sharks travel around the globe in search for food and this is the only shark species where i got the chance to be real close to it (less than two meters in distance). i can relate myself to the whale shark as it is forever in search for something (whale shark is always in search of food and im always in search for knowledge and new things).
• United States
4 Mar 07
Well put. That is exactly what a Whale Shark is. That would be amazing to travel the distances this fish covers. See the things it sees. I've seen video of people being right next to them. I saw one where a man was injured when a Whale Shark brushed against him. It was the man's fault, he should have moved but was being cocky. I also like your analogy of the Whale Shark and you.
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@makaira (1159)
• Philippines
5 Apr 07
hey, thanks for the best response!!
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• United States
6 Apr 07
My pleasure makaira. ‹(°¿°)›
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@funnycole (392)
• United States
4 Mar 07
I would love to be a bird....goes along with the superpower thing...would love to fly
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• United States
4 Mar 07
Come on funnycole, you got to give me more. I'm dying to know if you have a favorite bird and perhaps why. My second choice after a dolphin would be a Bald Eagle. Not because it's our national bird but because it's majestic & beautiful. They are strong, fast and smart. They are prey to no other bird. They stay with one mate throughout their life. I love them.
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• United States
4 Mar 07
Something with the ability to fly long distances and soar very high. Maybe that would be a Bald Eagle, but wouldn't want to eat live mice for a living.....so maybe not
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• United States
4 Mar 07
Yeah that wouldn't work. I believe Sparrows fly long distances and eat insects. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
2 Mar 07
One again uncanny!! Just yesterday one of my friends here asked me the same question. It is so difficult to choose out of the 32 species, I am familiar with our Cape dolphins. My reasons are, they are so gracious, friendly, and you are so right much more intelligent than science believes, they are the only mammals, that make love just for fun, like humans:) Had to put that one in:) Their contribution to the well being of disabled and seriously ill people are a world known fact. They give unconditionally, which in some cases are to their own detriment. Little bit off the subject I subscribed to a web site called the Sea Shepard. Captain Watson is the founder of this organization, very interesting newsletters and campaigns, to save dolphins and whales. If you are interested I will gladly provide you with the link. Thank you for starting a discussion so dear to my heart
• United States
2 Mar 07
Alright now Anniedup. There's some kind of channeling going on here. Aren't dolphins one of the most splendid creatures here on earth. They do indeed have so many human qualities but thank goodness lack in our faults. Two years ago I was in Miami, FL and actually swam with a dolphin. This is an attraction they have available for the locals and tourists. I was so torn, though, because of my love for them. On the one hand I was elated to be face to face with such a wonderful creature. On the other hand the guilt and was overwhelming because I would prefer that no dolphins were in captivity. No matter my feelings, I was in heaven briefly. Please do share the link to the website with me. ‹(°¿°)›
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
4 Mar 07
I know Australia has got something similar, but there, I speak under correction, they are not in captivity. I understand your conflicting emotions, but it must have been an absolute awesome experience! Here is the link, this is a fantastic organization with very dedicated people. Their methods are sometimes a bit controversial but they get results. www.seashepherd.org
• United States
4 Mar 07
Thanks Anniedup. I'll check the website out. Hope you had a nice weekend away from home.
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• United States
8 Mar 07
I would like to be a horse. They run free and are majestic animals. I just love 'em, I don't like abuse to them, but I love them, I love to ride them, and they look beautiful in movies. YOu do need to be careful with them, but for the most part I do believe they are safe animals.
• United States
9 Mar 07
They are really majestic animals aren't they. If in the proper hands they are the most gentle large animal. They are such beautiful and powerful creatures. I've only ridden a few horses but would love the chance to ride more.
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• United States
18 May 07
I would be an Eagle so that I could see all of my five kids at one time. It is hard keeping track of them and I do my best but I am tired of my one year old ripping up paper, my three year old dumping the shapoo in the toilet to see bubles, my five year old screaming at the t.v. when Swiper the fox snatches something of Dora the explorer's, my six year old digging a hole in my yard to barry his GIJoe, and my thirteen year old prank calling people to tell them about their frigerater, which I might add is the oldest thing in the prank calling book.
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• United States
18 May 07
I love the way you described why you would want to be an Eagle. Very creative and very practical. You're going to be one busy Eagle. After a while I'm sure your feathers are going to be quite ruffled. LOL ‹(°¿°)›
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• United States
17 May 07
I think I'd love to be a whale. Probably a humpback but any would do! LOL I'd love the ability to be so huge and yet so graceful, defying the "norms" of the world. Being able to swim the ocean freely would be a big bonus too.
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• United States
18 May 07
When I was a kid that's what I wanted to be. As you said "to be so huge and yet so graceful." I'll just add peaceful. It would be something special to roam our great oceans. ‹(°¿°)›
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@squaretile (3833)
• Singapore
15 May 07
I would like to be a giraffe. I think they are one of the most distinctive-looking animals on planet earth. nothing else quite looks like a giraffe. It's tall, and can eat off the tender shoots of trees. Also somewhere i read that it has the strongest heart, since it needs to pump all the way up to the brain. I'd like a strong heart, haha.
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• United States
15 May 07
Quite an interesting take on such a unique animal. I'd like having the ability to see all around me in such a hostile environment. ‹(°¿°)›
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@AnythngArt (3304)
• United States
10 Apr 07
I'd like to be a polar bear so I could give my life for global warming. No seriously, they are great creatures who've been around for a long time and should be listed as an endangered species. Right now the issue is under debate in Congress about their status. I would hate to see them become extinct. They've been able to thrive in a harsh climate and have drawn a lot of people to see the beauty of the Artic and Northern Canadian territories. On a personal note, all that swimming and fish eating by polar bears appeals to me, not to mention having that sylish white fur.
• United States
10 Apr 07
Splendid choice. They are indeed very majestic animals. They possess such power combined with grace and a touch of silliness. The swimming & eating fish appeals to me too. I didn't know about their pending status. It would be a shame and serious blow to the Arctic ecology if the Polar Bear does become extinct. Somehow between Congress and conservation groups, I believe they'll make it. ‹(°¿°)›
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• United States
19 May 07
I would love to be a killer whale. They are so very beautiful and gentle mammels. I have often wondered how they got their name. I have watched a lot of films involving this most wonderful of animal and it is very precious. One of the films that I watched which was a fiction film was Free Willy. I would love to be able to travel through the water feeling it against my body. To be able to explore the depths of the ocean would be a dream come true. What better way than in the body of a killer whale.
• United States
19 May 07
I couldn't agree with you more. When I was in high school I did a report on Killer Whales for a science assignment. They are very docile and intelligent mammals of our great oceans. The way they got their horrible name was from the whalers of days long gone. Killer Whales or as they were properly known whale killers followed whaling boats and would kill other whales and dolphins for food. Somewhere lost in translation the name became reversed hence the current Killer Whale. They are no more a killer than any other predator that feeds. That is why nowadays they are more commonly known as Orca. Short for the scientific name Orcinus Orca. ‹(°¿°)›
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• United States
19 May 07
Thanks a lot, jumpinjack00. I have often wondered why these magnificient animals have such a name. Anytime there is a documentary on about these beautiful animals I always watch it. I also like to watch fiction films that have these fascinating creatures in them. I will start to refer to them as orca's because that is such a better name for them.
@h_gaurd9 (988)
• United States
19 May 07
If I could be any animal, or other mammal, it would have to be the South American jaguar. They are just crazy as they are fearless of any creature. The jaguar is unlike any other big cat. Most big cats kill there prey by bitting it's neck, but not the Jaguar. It bites through the prey's skull. That's crazy! The jaguar when hungry, has even been known to attack large cayman and anacondas.
• United States
19 May 07
I too am familiar withe the South American Jaguar or Panthera onca. They are absolutely awesome cats. They are also one of the more beautiful of the big cats. My favorite is the Siberian Tiger. ‹(°¿°)›