Boy, do I have a find for you today. I went to the Musee d'Orsay's website just to see what might be appealing for a post, and stumbled onto the work of Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916).
His brother Ettore became the force behind Bugatti automobiles. Rembrandt quietly turned his hand to sculpting animals domestic and wild in a representational style that yet shows a tender regard for the living creature. Here's his plaster model of a cat drinking from a saucer at the Musee d'Orsay. I tried to save a search of all his work at the Musee's site, but no go. Try it yourself (look for "Search" at the left). Extra points if you find the kangaroo.
I wish I could say he drew comfort from making such deft and insightful work, but he didn't. He died young by his own hand, depressed by his struggles and the World War. Not very fair, is it?