An animal is "a multicellular eukaryotic organism of the type that form the biological kingdom Animalia"
Humans are animals, though typically the word animal is typically used to describe what should pedantically be called a "non-human animal". The rest of this article focuses on non-human animals.
In English, when talking about animals, speakers use a mixture of pronouns depending on context. If the animal is male, we may use masculine pronouns; if it is female we may use feminine pronouns. We also use the neuter pronouns. The gendered pronouns carry connotation of personal agency, which more intelligent animals possess.