In today's high tech, high pressure world we sometimes neglect our spiritual side. One thing we can learn from other religions is the importance of animal totems. They bring something to life that you can define more easily by experience than anything else.
My wife and I discovered ours many years ago. Hers is the Collared Peccary, one of the only species of swine native to the Americas. Peccaries are gregarious, good parents, and like all swine, are very intelligent. Mine is the gorilla. It sounds like a banal choice but I have quite a few ape like characteristics including prominent brow ridges, long arms, and lush body hair. I feel a strong kinship with the gentle giants.
Our daughter found her totem when she as about six. I'm not allowed to reveal it but it's the oldest civilized species on earth. They have a level of technology that far surpasses ours but prefer to live a quiet bucolic existence in ferny dells.
Here's your chance to go on a vision quest if you haven't already. Name your animal totem and explain why it suits you.
One animal per comment. Digressions and threadjacking encouraged. Please do not criticize any member's totem. Remember, the animal spirit chooses the person, not the other way around.