WATCH: Study shows sheep can recognize celebrity faces

New study shows that sheep can recognize faces. (Screengrab)

The University of Cambridge published a study on Tuesday showing that sheep can recognize faces.

The scientists showed eight female sheep portraits of a random person and a celebrity. Out of the all the shown photos, the sheep chose celebrities Jake Gyllenhaal, Barack Obama, Emma Watson, and UK television journalist Fiona Bruce.

Earlier studies showed that sheep can recognize their trainers' faces and the faces of other individual sheep in their herd.

The new study which was published in Royal Society Open Science, concludes that sheep are smart enough to identify humans and nonhuman primates by face.

The sheep in the experiment have to decide which face is going to reward it with food.

The sheep picked the celebrity's face eight times out of 10.

The sheep still recognized the celebrity portraits, even if posing at an angle, with only a 15 percent drop in accuracy.

According to the study, this ability has been shown before only in humans.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:55 - GMT 06:55
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