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 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 and other human brain disorders that affect mental processing.

Lead scientist Professor Jenny Morton says sheep have advanced face-recognition abilities comparable to those of humans and monkeys.

Among the faces they were trained to recognize were Barack Obama and actress Emma Watson. She played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies.

The research was published in Royal Society: Open Science.

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  • SaraM-del
    11/15/2017 - 05:00 p.m.

    According to a recent study, sheep can recognize people's faces instantly. This study had taken place at Cambridge University. This article appealed to be very interesting.

  • ReesePratt-del
    11/15/2017 - 05:08 p.m.

    Sheep's are smart? WOW

  • WilliamF-del
    11/15/2017 - 05:13 p.m.

    i think it's really cool that sheep can recognize faces. i think it's awesome that they can help people. I hope they continue the study

  • MikhailP-del
    11/15/2017 - 05:32 p.m.

    It is quit amazing that sheep can actually recognize similar human faces too no just sheep faces. also that they know who the president is.

  • EsmeraldaV-del
    11/15/2017 - 05:37 p.m.

    Researchers can continue studying the sheep. Maybe they can analyze how intelligent the sheep really are. The researchers can 'dig deeper' or try to understand more about the sheets capabilities.

  • SamanthaM-del1
    11/15/2017 - 05:39 p.m.

    Research says that sheeps can recognize people by their faces. The researchers say this study may be useful in research into Huntingtons disease and other human brain disorders that affect mental processing.

  • ChloeT-del
    11/15/2017 - 05:46 p.m.

    This article is about sheep having the ability to recognize faces of humans and other sheep. A new study shows that a sheep has recognized Barack Obama's face and Emma Watson's face. Lead scientist Professor Jenny Morton said," sheep have advanced face-recognition abilities comparable to those of humans and monkeys." This ability can help sheep survive and can be useful and help them through their lives.

  • EmilyN-del1
    11/15/2017 - 05:46 p.m.

    It is really cool that sheep can find faces just like we can. I never would have thought that sheep was a smart animal.

  • GabriellaJ-del
    11/15/2017 - 05:50 p.m.

    They can use this "helpful" information to help keep people safe.

  • KahlilW-del
    11/15/2017 - 06:12 p.m.

    Researchers can can use this information to help into Huntington’s disease and other human brain orders

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