Japanese Macaques Bathe In Hot Springs

The Strange Allure of Monkeys Lounging in Hot Springs

Japanese macaques...they know how to chill.

High up in the mountains of Yamanouchi, Japan, there lives a colony of snow monkeys that have perfected the delicate art of relaxation. Every winter, Japanese macaques go for a dip in the region's natural hot springs in order to warm up and wash away the winter blues. Things get pretty chill...

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