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Yes, agreed. I do think animals are just as alive as we are and that they possess a soul as well. Indeed, we think of ourselves as more or less distinct beings from animals, and while I believe there is some truth in this, I also presume that we are actually much closer to them than we think.
As for my favourite animal, I am certain the deer is the one I love the most; and while I can't confirm, because a spirit animal is not necessarily yours because you like it but rather because it has to pass its wisdom to you etc, I presume that the deer is also my spirit animal, or... totem.
But what about you?