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No kidding: goats prefer happy faces

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By ITN News Editor September 28, 2018 15:02

No kidding: goats prefer happy faces

Goats shown happy and angry human faces prefer the happy ones, according to research published by a team of life scientists from Britain, Germany and Brazil. The study, led by Dr Alan McElligott at London’s Queen Mary University, is among the first to provide evidence that goats can read human expressions.

Dogs, horses and pandas can also distinguish between different human facial expressions, similar studies have shown. Researchers tested 20 goats at Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats in Maidstone, Kent, about 64 km southeast of London, using pairs of black and white photographs of the same person. The photos, pinned at one end of a gated arena about 1.3 metres apart, included one of a person smiling and another of the same person looking angry.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 28, 2018 15:02
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