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 from photographs. The photos were 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 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.
Lead scientist Professor Jenny Morton says sheep have advanced face-recognition abilities. They are comparable to those of humans and monkeys.
The scientists used familiar faces to train the sheep. Two of those faces they were able to recognize were Barack Obama and actress Emma Watson. She is from the Harry Potter movies.
The research was published in Royal Society: Open Science.
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