When you see an animal (say, a mammal) and are not sure what kind of animal it is, would you ask what is it? or who is it? in your language? English: What is it? Russian: Кто это? /kto eto/ - Who is it? EDIT: I'm curious about the specific question What is it? rather than What kind of animal is it? / What animal is it? I want to see if in any language other than Russian "animal" is treated as an animate object.