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

Alan Olson
November 9, 2017

The BBC quoted researchers as stating that "sheep possess similar face recognition abilities to primates".

The animals' success rate fell by around 15 per cent when presented with the faces at a new angle, an amount researchers said was comparable to that seen when humans perform the task.

A recently published study finds that sheep can recognize human faces from photographs on computer screens.

The former U.S. president was one of four celebrities used in a test of the woolly creatures' face-recognition skills, along with Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, British TV host Fiona Bruce and American actor Jake Gyllenhaal, the research team said.

Even when a celeb's face was slightly tilted rather than face-on, the sheep still picked the image more often than not. The animal was given a cereal pellet as an award if it approached the correct image. By the end of this experiment, the sheep chose a familiar celebrity's face over a stranger's face about 79 percent of the time on average. Eight times out 10 the sheep picked the celebrity. Past research has shown that horses, dogs, and even mockingbirds can discern between individuals of other species.

"Humans do tend to underestimate the ability of sheep", Morton said by email. Then, during the trials, the sheep were released into a pen where they had to discern between the familiar faces and an object or an unfamiliar face.

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The study feeds into ongoing research on treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington's, in which face perception can be impaired.

Scientists found that sheep have facial recognition abilities akin to those of humans or monkeys, according to Jenny Morton, the lead scientist in the study.

"Sheep are long-lived and have brains that are similar in size and complexity to those of some monkeys".

The study involved eight female Welsh Mountain sheep.

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

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