Temple Grandin is a real person. She has autism. But she is extremely brilliant with understanding animals. She thinks in pictures and so she is very brilliant at devising machines.http://www.amazon.com/Temple-Grandin-Claire-Danes/dp/B0038M2AZA/
I have had 2 professors who were very brilliant at understanding animals. I found them very inspiring and interesting. One of them was Margaret Altmann, who went into the wilds of Yellowstone to study Elk and Moose (not Pete). The other was Clarence Carpenter who studied wild howler monkeys.
I recommend this movie / dvd very highly. It gives a true sense of compassion for someone who is "different".