Sheep recognize faces of celebrities

by Sherry Padilla November 9, 2017, 0:53
Sheep recognize faces of celebrities

Neuroscientists from the University of Cambridge posted a report in the Royal Society Open Science journal on Tuesday asserting that sheep are capable of distinguishing faces of animals, humans, celebrities and even former President Barak Obama as well.

The average sheep has always been judged a placid and dim-witted creature, a view epitomised by Sir Winston Churchill when he labelled Clement Attlee a "sheep in sheep's clothing".

"We chose these people because there were lots of images of each person available on line, both front-on and taken at different angles", study co-author Jennifer Morton of the University of Cambridge told AFP.

Picking the celebrity earned a sheep a food-pellet reward.

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

According to the study, this ability has been shown before only in humans. And when shown pictures of their handlers without any training, the sheep did a double take then wandered over to their image.

"Anyone who has spent time working with sheep will know that they are intelligent, individual animals who are able to recognize their handlers", said Professor Jenny Morton, who led the Cambridge study.

That means the sheep were not just memorizing images, demonstrating for the first time that sheep have advanced face-recognition capabilities similar to those of humans and other primates, say neurobiologist Jennifer Morton and her colleagues.

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A sheep "model" of Huntington's disease has been bred, displaying similar brain and social changes as witnessed in human patients. (A sheep might have had to select Emma Watson vs. a football helmet or gas lamp, for instance.) The third test pitted the sheep's celebrity targets against unfamiliar humans. But little is known about their overall ability to process faces.

The study involved eight female Welsh Mountain sheep. If they chose the wrong photograph, a buzzer would sound and they would receive no reward.

Scientists would show each sheep two faces, one of which was the target celebrity, Sky News reported. That's what scientists discovered through testing sheep by showing them celebrity portraits.

Researchers say this is without any prior training. When a portrait of the handler was interspersed randomly, the sheep chose them seven out of 10 times.

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