Deprecated due to invasion of personal space.
The players mill about the room. At some point the workshop leader asks them all the greet each other good face to face “hello.” Initially the greeting is kept simple and neutral. Greet one player and move on, greet another and so on. After the salutation is completed the group can return to milling about the room.
The leader will secretly assign animal types to each of the players in the room. There will always be pairs of animals. The trick is to assign the animals without players knowing which animal the other players are. Secret squirrel indeed.