The only other person I have ever wanted to be was Donald McIntyre, standing on the stage at Bayreuth belting out those wonderful bass arias from "The Ring".
If I lived at any time other than the late 20thC., I'd want to be either a pioneer in NZ, Aus or the U.S. (Canada's too cold), or some rich guy in Europe. (But not France circa 1789)!
I have severe doubts about life as a pre-Cook Tahitian. From what I've read of such, it would have been nasty, brutish & short, and lived in a dictatorship.
A bit like the life of the French Peasant. Idyllic to look at; back-breaking to live.
As far as animals are concerned (having re-read the original post) I would like to be a whale. I'd stick to the South Pacific though, well away from Japan.
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We have no money; we must use our brains. -Ernest Rutherford.