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Dorper Sheep & Other Breeds of Sheep to Join Mensa!
Well…maybe not quite Mensa, but it’s so cool to have scientists do studies that end up making sense of your own gut feel…you know, so you don’t end up feeling like some lala sheep-lover with the wool pulled over your eyes.
A study by two Cambridge University Researchers published in New Scientist Magazine and referred to in today’s Sydney Morning Herald article “Animal Intelligence – Sheep Are Raising the Baa” found that sheep “can recognise the faces of at least 50 other sheep and 10 humans”….AND remember them for 2 years!
That’s no surprise to us a at the farmstay where our purebred registered Dorpers and cross breds and damaras and Wiltshire horn sheep all choose their favourite human to approach for cuddles, scratches…and just to hang out near us.
Another fun part of the story mentioned how sheep had taught themselves to commando roll over cattle grids to attack the vege gardens of villagers in England – too cool! That’s like how our sheep split up to distract the farmstay kids while the others sneak through the gate! Love it!
It’s so obvious when you take the time to hang out with animals that they have personalities and quirks and likes and dislikes. So next time you see a sheep…be nice to him or her! They’ll remember!