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Your morning adorable: Japanese macaque monkeys relax in nature's hot tub

January 22, 2010 | 12:09 pm

In sub-zero temperatures Japanese Macaque monkeys soak in the warmth of

a mountain hotsprings at Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) in Nagano Province

of central Japan

We love Japanese macaque monkeys for many reasons. They're intelligent and fun-loving, as evidenced by the fact that they like to make snowballs just for the sake of entertainment. As if that weren't enough, these little monkeys also share a common trait with most humans we know: They love to relax in a nice hot tub. 

This fellow and his compatriots are shown enjoying a nice soak in a mountain hot spring in Japan's Nagano province. Outside the spring, the weather is frigid; inside the spring, it's nice and toasty!

See more photos of the bathing monkeys after the jump (and if that's not enough for you, you'll be pleased to learn that you can view the macaques via webcam as well).

In sub-zero temperatures Japanese Macaque monkeys soak in the warmth of

a mountain hotsprings at Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) in Nagano Province

of central Japan

In sub-zero temperatures Japanese Macaque monkeys soak in the warmth of

a mountain hotsprings at Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) in Nagano Province

of central Japan

In sub-zero temperatures Japanese Macaque monkeys soak in the warmth of

a mountain hotsprings at Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) in Nagano Province

of central Japan

In sub-zero temperatures Japanese Macaque monkeys soak in the warmth of

a mountain hotsprings at Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) in Nagano Province

of central Japan

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-- Lindsay Barnett

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Photo credit: Everett Kennedy Brown / European Pressphoto Agency

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