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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  • Elizabethb-eic
    11/16/2017 - 01:40 p.m.

    Researchers can find new ways to help people who have Huntington's Disease. It would help so many people.

  • Emoryc-eic
    11/16/2017 - 02:55 p.m.

    That is so weird and cool. I Wonder how Barack Obama feels.

  • Ceciliaa-eic
    11/16/2017 - 02:56 p.m.

    I think it is really cool that sheep can recognize the faces of people.

  • Elliep-eic
    11/16/2017 - 02:56 p.m.

    This is so cool!! I can't believe that they can recognize peoples faces.

  • joeyw-orv
    11/21/2017 - 12:01 p.m.

    this helps me realize how smart animals are.

  • LydiaS-tur
    11/22/2017 - 11:48 a.m.

    This sheep is really weird

  • AmmaarahH-buh
    11/27/2017 - 10:27 a.m.

    i think that this is pretty cool that sheep can detect and remember faces. now i want a pet sheep!

  • AudreyG-rie
    11/27/2017 - 11:31 a.m.

    they can come up with more information over the fact that sheep are getting better at being able to recognize human faces. Maybe, they can come up with an invention to be able to know and learn more.

  • TrinityS-rie
    11/27/2017 - 11:32 a.m.

    They could use this research and base that to see if other animals have the same ability. They can test different ages and sexes and see if the animals see different things or have different abilities. You could test different animals and see if other types of animals have an unfair or fair advantage over the sheep.

  • BethanyW-rie1
    11/27/2017 - 11:33 a.m.

    Researchers could use this information to prove that sheep can recognize faces the article also states that the sheep could recognize barack obama and emma watson i think its pretty cool!

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