Japanese Macaques Bathe In Hot Springs

The Strange Allure of Monkeys Lounging in Hot Springs

Japanese macaques...they know how to chill.

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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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