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Does This Mean Sheep Can Now Take Selfies?

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Does This Mean Sheep Can Now Take Selfies?

So humans and monkeys are not the only animals that can recognize a human face. Sheep have now been added to the mix! Researchers at the University of Cambridge trained eight sheep to recognize the faces of four celebrities from photos shown on a computer screen. Those celebrities were journalist Fiona Bruce, actor Jake Gyllenhaal, former President Barack Obama and actress Emma Watson. For the initial training, the sheep received a food reward for choosing the face versus a blank screen. Then, the researchers showed the sheep two different face photos and gave it a food reward for choosing the correct face it had learned before. The sheep chose the right face an amazing eight out of 10 times! The woolly creatures could reliably pick out their human handlers without any previous photographic training at all, showing they can spot a familiar face.  Researchers say thay are using sheep as models for studying human brain disorders. I guess you can’t pull the wool over their eyes!



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