Sheep can recognize Baaaa-rack Obama's face, new study shows In this image taken from video, a sheep indicates recognition of former US president Barack Obama, right, displayed on a computer screen during research carried out by scientists at Cambridge University. (Cambridge University via AP)
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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  • charlottep-buh
    11/15/2017 - 10:35 a.m.

    I think its cool that sheep are able to recognize faces. The article says that the sheep could recognize Barack Obama and Emma Watson.

  • PierreW-mie
    11/15/2017 - 02:40 p.m.

    this is cool

  • JahmirJ-mie
    11/15/2017 - 02:40 p.m.

    thats crazy!

  • SaraW-mie
    11/15/2017 - 02:41 p.m.

    Awesome that animals can learn to identify different faces. :]

  • KhaledR-mie
    11/15/2017 - 02:42 p.m.

    Thats funny

  • JenniferR-mie
    11/15/2017 - 02:43 p.m.

    This is cool because no one would ever think that sheep can tell Baaa-rak Obamas face

  • AnnabelK-buh
    11/16/2017 - 09:44 a.m.

    I think that is cool that sheep are much smarter then we thought they were. Because eventually sheep might be smarter than humans! And also the sheep used for this experiment recognized famous people. Like I said one day sheep might be smarter than humans which is crazy!

  • sydneys-buh
    11/16/2017 - 09:46 a.m.

    A sheep can recognise Obama's face. Basically, they put a picture of Obama on the wall and they put a picture of some random guy on the wall.

    My opinion is this is a cool discovery. Also, id like to learn more about this.

  • SabinaE-buh
    11/16/2017 - 10:56 a.m.

    i thought that it was really, really, cool that that sheep could tell the difference.
    when i crossed my eyes and flashed my eyes across it the two pictures even i could not tell the difference.
    sheep must be so smart.
    sheep have a big head and a big brain!

    pronunciation of sheep: (shep)

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