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A Cambridge Uni prof has provocatively suggested that sheep aren't actually as thick as a Fair Isle woollen sweater, and can match humans in the tricky task of identifying food amid a confusion of buckets. Neuroboffin Jenny Morton herded a flock of Welsh mountain sheep and presented them with variously-coloured buckets, only …


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  1. Snake Plissken

    So if a sheep goes to University

    Does it study for a BAA?

  2. John Smith 19 Gold badge

    Sheep not dumb

    Just too damm tasty for their own good.

  3. Anonymous Coward

    Ahhh Wales.

    The only place you can get a fuck, a meal and a coat out of one animal.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Not necessarily...

      Had you said 'dumb animal', you'd have left things open to plenty of gold digger jokes!

      Or Peter Stringfellow girlfriend jokes...

  4. James Pickett

    What's that you say, Lassie?

    "Border collies are the most intelligent dogs"

    They must be, if they know where Scotland begins...

  5. Graham Bartlett

    @Sarah and collies

    Collies do have a natural ability to learn stuff. However they're basically the Rain Men of the dog world - neurotic, obsessive, fixated on routine and usually fixated on individuals too. A collie's idea of play is to be told (by a human, ideally their owner) to do something. Perfect for a working dog, but not ideal for a pet.

    From one point of view, this could be an example of David Brin's "uplift". In practise it's a bit more like the mental equivalent of a bulldog's snout - it's a bred characteristic that's within the genetic range of the species, but you only get there by trading off other aspects of the species with a result that isn't entirely positive for the dog.

    Yes, there are pawprints on my doormat.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Re: Rain Dog

      Sounds like the perfect dog for a feminist...

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I do not care how smart they are they are still liars... especially the one that is wanting alimony!

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Any animal

    I could pretty much teach any animal to do this... people have already done it with the likes of goldfish. Stupid "2 second memory" bollocks, people that spout it probably have less.

    (any fish owner will know that fish know when its feeding time anyway)

    Anyway, day to day sheep are pretty dim still :p

  8. Dog Faced Boy

    the sheep.....

    ....are on the rise


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