Sheep can recognize Baaaa-rack Obama's face, new study shows
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A new study shows that sheep have the ability to recognize human faces. They recognize the from photographs. They are shown on computer screens.
The Cambridge University study was published last Wednesday. It also shows that sheep can recognize the faces of their human handlers. This is without any prior training.
It had been known that sheep can recognize familiar faces of other sheep and of humans.
The researchers say this study of the ability of sheep to recognize faces may be useful in research into Huntington's disease. It may also be useful in the study of other human brain disorders that affect mental processing.
Professor Jenny Morton was the lead scientist. She says sheep have advanced face-recognition abilities. They are comparable to those of humans. And they are comparable to those of monkeys.
They used familiar faces to train the sheep. One such face was Barack Obama. Another face was actress Emma Watson. She is in the Harry Potter movies.
The research was published in Royal Society: Open Science.
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