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Sheep Recognize Faces Of Celebrities, Study Says

Sheep can be trained to recognize faces of celebrities, a Cambridge University study found.

It’s long been known a flock can become familiar with the visages of their human handlers. Scientists now found that that ability can be applied to photos of famous faces, too, Sky News reported.

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.

Morton’s team trained eight sheep to recognize the faces of four celebrities: journalist Fiona Bruce, actors Jake Gyllenhal and Emma Watson and former U.S. President Barack Obama, Sky News reported.

Scientists would show each sheep two faces, one of which was the target celebrity, Sky News reported. The animal was given a cereal pellet as an award if it approached the correct image.

When they were tested if they could perform without the rewards, the sheep were able to recognize the celebrities faces eight out of 10 times, Sky News reported. Seven out of 10 times, the animals would favor the familiar faces of their handlers over the celebrities.

Scientists say the study could help advance research of Huntington’s disease, which causes humans to lose their ability to recognize faces, Sky News reported. The team is studying sheep with the genetic mutation that causes the disease.

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43 comments

  1. Ezenwajiugo Somto Prosper

    this is seriously funny

  2. Nwangene Blessing George

    Wow…great

  3. Nwakile Maureen Uzoma

    This sheep must be out of this world

  4. Funny sheep, I hope the sheep will recognize me too

  5. Okere Favour Udochi

    Supernatural sheep

  6. Chukwunedu Nkechi. F.

    I don’t even know what to say again. There is nothing that surprises me again.

  7. Agina Gloria Ebele

    It’s really amazing how sheep can recognize human faces

  8. This is wonderful, a sheep recognizing a human face..

    Dibia Esther

  9. Obika Juliet Ogechi

    Seriously

  10. Egbuwalo Teniola Glory

    Scientific advancement is beautiful

  11. Okonkwo Isioma Jane

    Good sheep

  12. Omenuko Adaobi Promise

    Lol.. Clever sheep

  13. happiness chidume

    funny.

  14. Ezekwo Chinenye Josephine

    This kind of sheep won’t exist in Nigeria

  15. very funny…
    I like this sheep oh

  16. Ntoruka Maryjane

    Ntoruka Maryjane
    am really surprised and short of words

  17. Wow! this sheep deserves an accolade

  18. Ezeh vivian chinaecherem

    Physical issa sheep but spiritual issa human being!
    Lolz

  19. Cant stop laughing for this….sheep they said are foolish,can now recognise celebrities

  20. Ezedimbu uchenna Vivian

    Wowww,these is nice ,

  21. Chidozie chiazokam jennifer

    Kill me oo dat sheep is not ordinary

  22. That’s very unbelievable

  23. Asomugha chidalu chinelo

    i will like to have this sheep ,pls

  24. Onuorah Adaeze Chidimma

    Hehe this must be a spiritual sheep oooo

  25. Anagboso chimdimma joy

    Amazing

  26. nawa o. Ozo abiakwa.

  27. Udogu Ogechi Victory

    It’s a spiritual something oo.

  28. Lazarus Kelvin chidiebube

    This is no longer a sheep oo.

  29. They are training sheeps too

  30. Ezeh vivian chinaecherem

    Hmmmm i cnt believe this!

  31. Akaforonye oluebube patience

    Funny….

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