-snick- I never said you weren't
I did change the prompts for the writing, but everything about her is pretty much the same, yes.
I believe that she will come into her power by hearing an animal for the first time, a stream of thoughts that infiltrates her from an animal close by. I think that she will, eventually, begin to "block out" the thoughts, but it will come with experience and mental practice. ^^ She will definitely have trouble communicating back, though it'll come more easily to her for simple-minded creatures - ie. squirrels, small birds, maybe even dogs or cats - and dolphins and apes, things like that, would definitely take some practice and time for her to develop, yes. Humans don't count, in my mind, for her mind-reading capabilities. Humans would be considered the 'most complex' and, I figured, that since her mind is essentially the same, she'd never reach the same capacity to read into a human's mind. If that makes sense?
The range would start pretty small. I actually don't think it would ever extend too much - I imagine that the animal would have to be within like, a five foot radius at first and it could stretch further the more she practices. At the same time, I don't think it would ever extend beyond a radius of... maybe 30 or 50 feet? I don't want it to be too excessive, of course.