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Japanese macaques or snow monkeys get their name because they live in the more snowy areas of Japan. Snow monkeys are the most northerly-living primates, other than humans, and they are known to congregate around thermal springs (onsen) in winter. They also enjoy rolling snowballs for fun.

Japanese macaques or snow monkeys get their name because they live in the more snowy areas of Japan. Snow monkeys are the most northerly-living primates, other than humans, and they are known to congregate around thermal springs (onsen) in winter. They also enjoy rolling snowballs for fun.

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snomonkee9
snomonkee9
6 months ago

Why are you guys putting my family up on Reddit?

MsAnnabel
MsAnnabel
6 months ago

And there’s a hierarchy of who gets to go into these thermal springs. Watched it on a NatGeo show. Can’t just let anybody in your hot tub!!

Edit: I’m just pretty sure it was NatGeo, it’s been a long time since I saw it but it doesn’t make it any less true just bc I can’t provide a link. I am sorry tho that I can’t.

Doctor_Expendable
Doctor_Expendable
6 months ago

I’ve got a question. If it’s cold enough out that they go warm up in a hot spring then how do they not freeze solid once they get out?

WeirdAvocado
WeirdAvocado
6 months ago

They also have a hierarchy system and those that are not considered to be worthy of enjoying their hot spring bath can some times freeze to death.

doctor_capleson
doctor_capleson
6 months ago

The Minnesota Zoo has a pretty nice Snow Monkey exhibit, and it’s one of the oldest at the zoo. I like when I can see the babies still clinging to mom.

wampastompah
wampastompah
6 months ago

To clarify from the title of this post, the macaques don’t only live in the snowy areas of Japan, and can be found in all sorts of climates, all the way down to Kyoto and Tokyo.

When I went a couple years back, I did a bunch of research into Jigokudani (the park OP’s picture is from, and the main place you can see the monkeys in hot springs), and found some criticism of the way they treat the monkeys. So I opted to see them at Iwatayama in Kyoto, which purportedly treats them very well. They’re the same species of monkey there, though no hotsprings are to be found.

The park is fantastic, with monkeys everywhere and a really nice walk up to a wonderful vista point. The monkeys in the park are wild, untrained animals and should never be approached, but the park does have a building that is effectively a human cage you can enter to buy food and give to the monkeys from within your cage. It was super fun, and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Kyoto!

shakycam3
shakycam3
6 months ago

There is also a hierarchy about who can sit where in the hot spring. They bully lower-status members and don’t allow them in.

Derpazor1
Derpazor1
6 months ago

Seen these monkeys in person, it’s very cool to see. I got to feed them too! But boy are macaques just nasty animals

BarryTrotz86
BarryTrotz86
6 months ago

Hobbies include lounging in the hot springs, rolling snowballs, lounging.

TuEresMiOtroYo
TuEresMiOtroYo
6 months ago

Check out this depressing Gobelins animated short about it: https://youtu.be/E4BhEBaeQdg

officerpaws
officerpaws
6 months ago

Kubo

Lemortjoyeux
Lemortjoyeux
6 months ago

They actually don’t go into the hot springs naturally. It only happens in one park where humans taught them to do that with food in the 60s and their descendants continued to do it. Humans need to clean the water of this onsen or else it becomes filled with excrement. There is a lot of controversy around the park. I went myself and I think they are being treated as well as any other refuge. It’s definitely not what nature intended but they try to keep it as natural as possible.

lonerp
lonerp
6 months ago

Reminds me of [this video clip](https://youtu.be/q86g1aop6a8) to Aphex Twin’s Stone in Focus. Soothing

hatef551
hatef551
6 months ago

Sekiro…

The-Bounty
The-Bounty
6 months ago

Thing is is that each winter the alpha couple force the others to fight to the death, and the last one standing gets to go into the hot spring, or so I’m told

mulattolibido
mulattolibido
6 months ago

[Let us meditate, and reflect upon the division of ourselves. We’re granted one opportunity to experience an array of unique of planes to explore, together. Wasted are the days and nights we spend apart. Without you, who am I? To what end will we split our family? To what peak will we climb alone? With heavy individual focus, global alleviation will not come quickly. The ones succeeding must learn to give what they have. The ones failing must learn to accept graciously. We’re too fickle a life-form to have it any other way. The world has a balance we can’t nearly comprehend. However the balance has been broken. The dark side has lost their will to be equal. May the sands of time cleanse us quick enough.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q86g1aop6a8)

jjbrewsky
jjbrewsky
6 months ago

Sounds like a dating profile. 12 year old male loves the winter, jacuuzis, and rolling snowballs with my friends

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Sayara2020
Sayara2020
6 months ago

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_macaque](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_macaque)

Rumi3009
Rumi3009
6 months ago

Lovely fellows there

Sil3ntkn1ght87
Sil3ntkn1ght87
6 months ago

Sooooo, the monkeys are living the dream?

portleycrue12
portleycrue12
6 months ago

The monkey on the left looks like his hands have frostbite

hlopez003
hlopez003
6 months ago

Looks like me and my friends when the bars open back up

itti-bitti-kitti
itti-bitti-kitti
6 months ago

These little dudes look so sad tho 🙁

zeak87
zeak87
6 months ago

The one in the middle looks like he’s trying to find the jet XD

Jacollinsver
Jacollinsver
6 months ago

>Snow monkeys are the most northernly-living primates, other than humans

And Samsquatch

ggggeeewww
ggggeeewww
6 months ago

Good lads.

Science_1986
Science_1986
6 months ago

Hot tub

CthulhusEvilTwin
CthulhusEvilTwin
6 months ago

I prefer to call them jacuzzi monkeys

Midaru
Midaru
6 months ago

Give em food and they’ll present you with a random item

Escoe
Escoe
6 months ago

Its gotta be really cold once they decide to leave the water.

DreadPirate777
DreadPirate777
6 months ago

I didn’t know they made snow balls! I need to see more of that! https://youtu.be/qQzCNW-KuCs

so_woke_so_broke
so_woke_so_broke
6 months ago

Makes one wonder when its ancestral primate species first arrive into the geographical land of modern day Japan. Was there a land bridge of some sort with modern day Korea once upon a time? Or a land bridge stretching from China to Taiwan through the Okinawan islands to reach the mainland? 🤔

redsword5
redsword5
6 months ago

Snow monkey sounds like a super racist term for pale white people /gingers.

snuffy_tentpeg
snuffy_tentpeg
6 months ago

Southern Quebec 1989 a troupe of Macaques escaped a safari park and roamed the countryside for a summer. They ranged on both sides of the border between NY and Quebec.

[https://www.cbc.ca/archives/when-75-snow-monkeys-went-on-the-lam-in-quebec-30-years-ago-1.5182760](https://www.cbc.ca/archives/when-75-snow-monkeys-went-on-the-lam-in-quebec-30-years-ago-1.5182760)

Marsupialize
Marsupialize
6 months ago

I hung out with them in Nagano, very chill group of little dudes

Dreieck
Dreieck
6 months ago

Woah, Snow Monkeys are called “Snow” Monkeys because they live in the Snow? My mind is officially blown.

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