"Like the owl, I want to be paid in mice and falling stars, take my midnights in the middle of the day."
- Lance Larsen from the poem, "Chancellor of Shadows"
Consider the above description and how to develop a character based on animal instincts. Make a list of animal traits for your persona.
Take a look at some of the stories in this site for Aesop's Fables:http://aesopfables.com/
Other possibilities to try on for development:
If you had donkey skills, how would you show stubborn? Or, are you a beast of burden?
With fox instincts, what does sneaky sound like?
Lion strengths include ferocity. Are you also a kitten at times?
A Black Phoebe is a workaholic, flying dawn to dusk capturing one insect after another. Does that apply to you?
Rabbits and Roadrunners are speedy. Are they as calculating as a tortoise?
Does a hummingbird's attention span define focus?
Elephants never forget. What do they do with their memories?
Develop three lines to begin your character sketch. Find ways to mix and match.