Japanese macaques in a hot spring

Japanese macaques in a hot spring

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Credit: DR P. MARAZZI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata), or snow monkeys, bathing in the waters of a hot spring. These primates have the northernmost range of any monkey, inhabiting the islands of Japan. In winter, temperatures can fall to minus 5 degrees Celsius and the monkeys warm themselves by bathing in hot springs. They usually live in groups of around 100 individuals. Groups have a strict social hierarchy, being led by adult males. They feed on leaves and ripe fruits, and in the winter may resort to eating buds and even tree bark. Photographed near Nagano, Japan.

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