Sheep showed they were not as silly as people think after managing to pick Barack Obama out of a line-up. But when it comes to recognising faces, they may still only have a woolly sense of what people look like. Sadly for those excited by sheep being able to recognise former president Obama, actress Emma Watson and newsreader Fiona Bruce, the animals' intelligence may not have been quite what it seemed.
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Sheep love company. Researchers have found that sheep can remember the faces of 50 other sheep for at least two years. Like humans, sheep also seem to find familiar faces comforting.
Images show the newly-born lamb's bizarrely human-like features which include full lips and a button nose. This video shows bizarre pictures of a newly-born lamb with what looks like a human face. Stunned veterinary staff in a village near Izmir, Turkey, hold the creature's face up to the camera. The animal was reportedly delivered by Caesarean section.
But he said he nearly "died from shock" when he saw "the hairy face of an old man" staring up at him. Mr Lavrentiev, from Chirka in south-western Russia, added: "We had quite a tough winter and when I noticed she [the ewe] was pregnant I was delighted as it meant I would be able to sell the lambs and start making some money again. When I went down to see how it was going I nearly died from shock when I saw what looked like the hairy face of an old man staring up at me.
Erhan Elibol, a vet, performed a caesarean on the animal to take the lamb out, but was horrified to see that the features of the lamb's snout bore a striking resemblance to a human face. But when I saw this youngster I could not believe my eyes. A goat from Zimbabwe gave birth to a similar youngster in September
Facial recognition specialists from Australia recently revisited the study. They admitted that the experiments provided "a compelling demonstration" that sheep could differentiate between human facesbut they challenged the authors' conclusion that sheep could recognize faces as well as humans and other primates can. As experts in human facial recognition, the Australian researchers reported serious reservations about sheep performing this un-ewe-sual ability on equal footing with Homo sapiens.
Animals can't tell us when they're in pain, so owners and veterinarians have to rely on other cues to help treat animals in discomfort. But determining that amount of pain might have just gotten easier: Researchers at the University of Cambridge used facial recognition software to figure out the amount of pain a sheep is in simply by looking at it. When a sheep is hurting, it makes certain predictable facial expressions. However, training humans to read these facial expressions and tics is time consuming; that's where the computer comes in.
January 23, report. A team of facial recognition experts from the University of New South Wales, Newcastle University and the University of York has published a Comment piece in the journal Royal Society Open Science challenging claims made by another research team. In their paper, they acknowledge that the findings of a team last year regarding the facial recognition abilities of sheep was compelling, but they take issue with the claim that the research showed that sheep have facial recognition abilities comparable to humans.
A lan McElligottan animal behavior researcher at the University of Roehampton in the UK, continues to be impressed by goats. Now his team has found that goats at the Buttercups Sanctuary in Kent, UK, can distinguish between happy and angry human expressions. Working with 20 goats at the sanctuary, he and his colleagues presented each with two black-and-white images—one of a person smiling, and the other of the same person making an angry expression—then sat back and watched what the animal did.