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10 amazing facts about sheep



© FOUR PAWS | Daniela Klemencic

  • Sheep are herbivores, which means their diet does not include meat. They typically eat seeds, grass and plants.
  • Lambs can walk just minutes after they are born, though they are often dependent on their mothers for the first four to six months of their lives.
  • Not only can sheep recognize up to 50 other sheep faces and remember them for 2 years, but they can also recognize human faces.
  • Sheep have excellent peripheral vision. Their large, rectangular pupils allow them to see almost 360 degrees. In fact, they can see behind themselves without turning their heads!
  • When sheep experience stress or isolation, they show signs of depression similar to those that humans show by hanging their heads and avoiding positive actions.
  • Like various other species including humans, sheep make different vocalisations to communicate different emotions. They also display and recognise emotion by facial expressions.
  • Sheep are intelligent, with impressive memory and recognition skills. They build friendships, stick up for one another in fights, and feel sad when their friends are sent to slaughter.
  • Sheep are able to experience emotions such as fear, anger, rage, despair, boredom, disgust and happiness.
  • They can differentiate facial expressions, and prefer a smile to a frown.
  • Sheep are very gentle animals and were one of the first animals to be domesticated.

 

Source:

- https://www.livescience.com/52755-sheep-facts.html

- http://science.orf.at/stories/2876687/

- https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/11/1107_TVsheep.html

- https://www.wissenschaft.de/umwelt-natur/die-pupillenform-spiegelt-die-lebensweise/

- http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/features/counting-on-sheep

- http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170418-sheep-are-not-stupid-and-they-are-not-helpless-either

- http://www.sszv.ch/userfiles/file/pdf/Zum%20Interview.pdf

- https://www.farmsanctuary.org/learn/the-someone-project/sheep-goats/

- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3031539/

- Boissy, A.; Désiré, L.; Greiveldinger, L.; Veissier, I. (2009): Animals’ emotions: studies in sheep using appraisal theories. Universities Federation for Animal Welfare. URL: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ufaw/aw/2009/00000018/00000004/art00004

- Applied Sheep Behaviour: http://www.bybloswhitedorper.com/userfiles/File/AppliedSheepBehavior-WWG-2-04.pdf


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