Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, or intentions to non-human entities. It is indeed similar to Pareidolia which is a phenomenon of recognizing patterns, shapes and familiar objects like faces when they do not actually exist. Both concepts have ancient roots and many early cultures there are stories and tales of anthropomorphized animals as characters. Theories range from extraterrestrial encounters and just about every other concept around. Quite simply when something can’t be explained cultures always try to come up with an explanation.