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If you could have a trait of any non-human animal and still otherwise stay yourself, which one would you choose?

Asked by Brian1946 (19214 points ) December 7th, 2012

E.g., I think I’d choose the lifespan of a bowhead whale.

What would you choose? The size of an elephant, the speed of a turtle, the plumage of a peacock, etc?

How would you use this trait? Would you fly to work like an eagle, enter an eating contest with the appetite of some pachyderm, etc?

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zensky's avatar

The immortality of a jellyfish, natch

linguaphile's avatar

The speed of a hummingbird’s wings. So I can get more done in less time!

Coloma's avatar

The strength and speed of a horse, the agility of a cat and the ability to dive in the pool on a 30 degree morning like my geese. Laying my own eggs would be cool too. lol

cookieman's avatar

Ears of a Bassett Hound. I would be adorable.

PeppermintBiscuit's avatar

The regenerative powers of a starfish. Amputation would be a cure for every injury.

“We’re terribly worried about Uncle Henry. He thinks he’s a chicken.”
“Why don’t you send him to a doctor?”
“Well, we would, but we need the eggs.”

woodcutter's avatar

I admire the stealth of cats and ability to get around in the dark. I’ve had a few years to see this because we have four of them here and they all are incredibly sneaky little bastards.

tinyfaery's avatar

The agility and grace of a cat.

Coloma's avatar

@PeppermintBiscuit LOL I had an old goose for years that would lay her one giant egg on the porch every day. I miss my giant goose eggs. She would make a “nest” with the throw rug, scrunch it up and lay her egg. :-)

mazingerz88's avatar

The stubbornness of an American Republican politician. Well, this trait of theirs is almost non-human. : )

Symbeline's avatar

I’d love to be able to see in the dark, like a cat or a an owl.

augustlan's avatar

I wanna’ fly, baby. Some kind of graceful bird.

picante's avatar

^^Me too! Beautiful, large, multi-colored wings that allow me to soar when I’m ready to take flight and gently cover anything in need of sheltering while on the ground.

cazzie's avatar

All of these but number 6. No point in number 6. It kills the individual. http://listverse.com/2012/12/03/10-amazing-animal-abilities/

ucme's avatar

I yearn to lick my genitals as a dawg does, that would be nice.

Paradox25's avatar

Cats are by far my favorite animal, and I admire the fact that they do their own thing and aren’t out to please you. Nevertheless, when a cat trusts you they can be incredibly loyal and compassionate. As far as physical traits go they have great hearing, night vision, sense of smell and are very fast. I don’t blame cats for being ‘sneaky’ since there are many aholes out there who do horrible things to them, aka cat haters.

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