Sheep can recognise Baaaa-rack Obama's face, new study shows

2017-11-09 12:12
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 with their results published in Royal Society: Open Science. (Cambridge University via AP)

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 with their results published in Royal Society: Open Science. (Cambridge University via AP)

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London - A new study shows that sheep have the ability to recognise human faces from photographs on computer screens.

The Cambridge University study published on November 8 also shows that sheep can recognise the faces of their human handlers without any prior training.

It had been known that sheep can recognise familiar faces of other sheep and of humans.

The researchers say this study of the ability of sheep to recognise 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 recognise were Barack Obama and Harry Potter actress Emma Watson.

The research was published in Royal Society: Open Science.

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