Dr. Lucille Bellegarde of Scotland's Rural College led a study into sheep facial recognition. Scotland's Rural College
Dr. Lucille Bellegarde of Scotland's Rural College led a study into sheep facial recognition.

Sheep recognize facial expression

Facial expression research with sheep called important discovery in animal welfare.

Sheep are able to distinguish each other’s facial expressions, according to a new study conducted in Scotland. In what is being seen as an important discovery in terms of animal welfare, researchers at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) found that facial expressions are a key social signal that can affect cognitive processes in small ruminants, such as sheep, goats and deer.

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