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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  • Sebastianr-eic
    11/16/2017 - 10:19 a.m.

    They can use sheep's at airports to figure out there disguise, so sheep's can look at the photo and track people down or rat them out.

  • Kassidys-eic
    11/16/2017 - 10:20 a.m.

    I think that it is cool that sheep can recognize human faces. It's awesome that this research can help in the study of human brain disorders.

  • Sebastianr-eic
    11/16/2017 - 10:21 a.m.

    They can use sheep's at airports, identification or tracking down people, They can see what else these animals can do, and find out more secrets.

  • Leahd-eic
    11/16/2017 - 10:25 a.m.

    That is hilarious! I wonder how they could use that to help mental diseases? Will they just inject sheep blood into a patient's skin? Maybe they'll give you part of a sheep brain!

  • Lilyh-eic
    11/16/2017 - 10:27 a.m.

    They can use it to help with Huntington's disease, and for people with brain disorders.

  • Sabina-E2
    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)

  • HaydenW-eic
    11/16/2017 - 11:13 a.m.

    that is pretty awesome

  • Karleighd-eic
    11/16/2017 - 11:24 a.m.

    I just can't believe that a sheep can reconize Our 44 president of the United States

  • Adisonj-eic
    11/16/2017 - 11:29 a.m.

    I think that's kinda cool what other animal could point out a persons face. I wonder what else he can do probably a lot that's one smart sheep.

  • Makennad-eic
    11/16/2017 - 11:29 a.m.

    That is very cool that sheep can recognize a person and it can help us out with brain disorders and other stuff to it can might even help us with a war.

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