Very clever -- you got a laugh from me on that one.
Glad you find these discussions to be helpful -- that is the point of their existence. Don'tcha jus luv it when a plan actually works now and again?
".but it was as if my PMR based brain kinda put something there that would be more understandable to my PMR experience, even though I'm pretty sure my consciousness was shifted."
Yes, exactly. No doubt your consciousness was shifted -- and what it experienced was strange enough to have no analog in your memory, so strange animals stood in for what was otherwise inexpressible by you in rational terms.
That is the nature of the subjective world -- that's why special care and good scientific methodology needs to be taken to explore it -- if not, you end up with poetry and loose metaphor which constitutes only a vague description of the shadow of the real thing. Eventually the truth within the poetry gets mixed with misunderstanding and ego, and then turns into dogma after enough people get involved.
With enough research, the many metaphors of our subjective experience can become precise enough to support a consistent causality and an understanding of a general supporting structure (a Big TOE). The point is: When you see these things be open, be ready to interact positively with fearlessness, and with skepticism until you have enough data to understand the nature of the experience, then repeat the connection with these entities/experience enough times that you become familiar enough with them/it to refine your metaphors to the maximum accuracy you can muster at the time. Ask lots of questions as you go and get involved with what they are doing if you can (understanding gets clearer when the view is from the inside). Constantly test everything -- especially your assumptions (try not to have any assumptions but continually test the ones you have). With this approach, your experiences will begin to make sense within a larger picture rather than just be strange and un-expressible - symbolized by bizarre animals or whatever.
Make contact, ask questions, test, get involved, remain skeptical, repeat until you are sure and can express your experience, and the significance of it, rationally because your picture is now big enough to contain it. It is a bootstrapping process.