Who doesn't like animals? Even if you've never had a pet, you've probably watched the odd documentary here and there. Animals are a pretty universal topic of conversation, and the following lists should prepare you for conversation with pretty much any animal lover.
A metaphor is a figure of speech that is used to make a comparison between two things that aren't alike but do have something in common. Unlike a simile, where two things are compared directly using like or as, a metaphor's comparison is more indirect, usually made by stating something is something else. A metaphor is very expressive; it is not meant to be taken literally. You may have to work a little to find the meaning in a metaphor.