Sheep Can Recognize Obama's Face

In a specially equipped pen, sheep were shown pictures of people on two computer screens, on one side would be an unknown person and on the other would be one of four celebrities.

They did this by rewarding the sheep food when they went to the picture of one of celebrities, and not an unfamiliar face.

By training sheep using pictures of these celebrities, researchers from the University of Cambridge discovered that the animals are able to recognize familiar faces from 2-D images. Recently, scientists created genetically modified sheep that have Huntington's. On her first try, one sheep appeared taken aback by the new face in the mix.

The sheep would nuzzle up close to their chosen screen, where they would trigger an infrared sensor releasing a treat, if they had chosen correctly. Seven out of 10 times, the animals would favor the familiar faces of their handlers over the celebrities. The sheep didn't do as well but still passed, recognizing the celebrities about 68 percent of the time - a drop in performance comparable to that seen in humans performing the same task. The sheep were still able to choose the correct person, showing that they weren't simply memorizing what a 2D photo looks like, but instead were understanding the 3D idea of a human head.

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The person would then be instructed to send their sensitive photos to him or herself on Facebook Messenger . Facebook , after all, is one of the primary places where these images are shared without consent.

If you ever find yourself in the company of sheep, don't be surprised if they seem to recognize you.

"Our study gives us another way to monitor how these abilities change, particularly in sheep who carry the gene mutation that causes Huntington's disease", she pointed out.

"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.

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