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Identify with animals how? Do they think they are animals?
That depends entirely on your definition of "being an animal". Very few spiritual therianthropes believe that they are physically anything other than human, but many feel there is a core part of their inner nature or spirit that partakes of the essence of the animal they feel connected to.
Within the therian community, that is often expressed by saying "I am a _____ (wolf, bear, rabbit, etc.)", and to an outsider that may look as though the speaker was claiming to be that creature in a literal, physical sense. But within the context of the community, statements like that are generally understood as applying in a manner that is more mythopoetic than literal - a statement of subjective, spiritual self-perception rather than objective physical fact.
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