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

Face it: Sheep are just like us when it comes to recognizing people

The list of celebrity images contained former president Obama, actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Emma Watson and British newsreader Fiona Bruce.

The sheep eventually managed to identify the familiar face eight times out of every 10.

"These data show that sheep have advanced face-recognition abilities, comparable with those of humans and non-human primates", claims the study, published today in Royal Society Open Science.

To challenge the sheep even further, scientists showed them the same celebrities in photos captured from a different, tilted angle. These faces were put up on screens and the sheep were rewarded with food for picking the photograph of the correct celebrity displayed in a pen.

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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 a portrait of the handler was interspersed randomly, the sheep chose them seven out of 10 times.

The animal's "ability to learn to recognise a person from a 2D (two-dimensional) photograph was surprising, since this requires complex brain processing", said Morton.

As with some other animals such as dogs and monkeys, sheep are social animals and can recognise other sheep as well as familiar humans.

"Our study gives us another way to monitor how these abilities change", Morton said.

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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.

In a final test, the sheep had to choose between a picture of one of their handlers' faces and an unfamiliar face.

Recognizing faces is one of the most important social skills for human beings, and some disorders of the brain, including Huntington's disease, affect this ability.

Morton and her team recently began research on sheep that have been genetically modified to carry the mutation for Huntington's disease.

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

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