We have been studying personification, in which an inanimate object is given qualities of a human being. My student then asked me "What is an object is given qualities of an animal rather than a human being. Is it still personification?" Good question. Errr....Umm... I don't know exactly WHAT you would call it. For example if a buzz saw, such as the one in Frost's "Out, Out" behaved as an animal by "snarling." Any ideas?