Sheep can recognize human faces from photographs

A sheep recognises Emma Watson's face- no trouble at all

EWE AGAIN Sheep were trained to recognize celebrity faces, demonstrating that the animals can recognize a familiar human face from a 2-D image.

If you ever find yourself in the company of sheep, don't be surprised if they seem to recognize you.

The sheep would nuzzle up close to their chosen screen, where they would trigger an infrared sensor releasing a treat, if they had chosen correctly.

"We've shown with our study that sheep have advanced face-recognition abilities, comparable with those of humans and monkeys", lead study author Jenny Morton said.

Even when a celeb's face was slightly tilted rather than face-on, the sheep still picked the image more often than not.

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The Cambridge congregation included eight Welsh Mountain female sheep that learned successfully four different faces of celebrities, during the experiment.

When the handler's face was shown, sheep picked it seven out of 10 times. Maybe they just didn't like that the non-familiar lacked a reward, for example. The sheep were still able to choose the correct person, showing that they weren't simply memorizing what a 2D photo looks like, but instead were understanding the 3D idea of a human head. "This current study adds an interesting new ability to the surprising wide repertoire of behaviour of sheep". The research could even help with research into neurological diseases. The results were published Wednesday in the Royal Society's Open Science journal as part of research looking into cognitive ability and neurodegenerative disorders, like Huntington's disease, which can impair people's ability to recognize facial emotion.

A sheep "model" of Huntington's disease has been bred, displaying similar brain and social changes as witnessed in human patients.

The team got success after few days of tutelage of sheep at the Cambridge University in England, where at least 8 sheep could recognize Obama by his picture.

"If this is the case, we can use the test to measure the beneficial effect of new treatments".

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