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  Sheep are brainy - honest!
Updated 08 November 2001, 16.24

Amazing new research shows that sheep may be a lot cleverer than we think.

They may not be appearing on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, but a team of scientists has found sheep are not the weakest link.

The new discovery about sheep intelligence is to do with how they remember faces.

Shown a friend

Fact File
Amazing sheep facts
They can remember up to 50 sheep faces
Sheep get upset if their friends are missing
Sheep remember faces using a similar system to humans
The farm animals were shown pairs of faces.

If they walked towards the picture of a face they had seen before, they were given some food.

Amazingly, some sheep scored eight out of 10 in the test - and could even recognise pictures they had seen two years ago.

Do I know ewe?

Even the shepherd's face was remembered, along with the other members of the flock.

Dr Keith Kendrik, who ran the tests, thinks that if sheep can remember faces they must have some intelligence.


 
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