It is interesting to note that many societies, including the Native Americans, had no word to classify animals. They were simply considered a people, just as humans were people. To the Cree they were brothers, sisters, fathers, and mothers. They were extended kin. The word "animal" was hardly used before the 1600's and then mostly by scholars. Animals were simply called "beasts" or "creatures" The word "animal" is derived from the Latin word "anima" meaning soul, or breath of life. The wild in "wild animal" comes from the Anglo-Saxon "wild" referring to living free within Nature and not under human control...Implied within this is the idea of "The breathe of the Divine within the animal expression of Nature.
Humans are arrogant creatures and refer to other creatures as animals, as if they are inferior and humans are somehow special. No, just no. Humans are animals just like any other, all animals has one or more traits that make them stand out but they are still equal.
In humans, its their intelligent, and in Tigers, its their strength and physical prowess, they have been known to move buffalos on their own whereas 10 or more humans couldn't, every animal is special in its own way but it doesn't necessarily make them deserving of entitlement or in the case of humans; self-proclaimed "dominant" species. Food chain and Predators or Prey rules aside, all animals are no more special than any other. Humans need to get that through their thick entitled heads because they are definitely the worst species on this planet and I truly want them all dead for what they have done to this planet.
At least your ancestors lived as one with the land, unlike the Europeans who tore it apart merely for resources to build their civilizations. Out of all animals, humans are the most self destructive as well as environmentally. Their second trait is destruction.