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February 1, 2010
Japanese Macaque monkeys
Aside from humans, the macaques are the most widespread primate genus, ranging from Japan to Afghanistan and, in the case of the Barbary Macaque, to North Africa. Twenty-two macaque species are currently recognized, and they include some of the monkeys best known to non-zoologists, such as the Rhesus Macaque (as the Rhesus Monkey), Macaca mulatta, and the Barbary Macaque (as the Barbary Ape), M. sylvanus, a colony of which lives on the Rock of Gibraltar. Macaques have a very intricate social structure and hierarchy. If a macaque who is lower level in the social chain has eaten berries and there is none left for the higher level macaque, then the one higher in status can, within this social organization, remove the berries from the other monkey's mouth. -- Wikipedia
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Japanese Macaque monkeys relax in the hot spring at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park on Jan. 30, in Yamanouchi, Japan. This Macaque troop regularly visits the Jigokudani-Onsen springs to escape the cold. This behaviour originates from a female Macaque who ventured into the hot springs to retrieve soybeans in 1963. Getty Images / Koichi Kamoshida


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Japanese Macaque monkeys relax in the hot spring at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park on Jan. 30, in Yamanouchi, Japan. Getty Images / Koichi Kamoshida



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Japanese Macaque monkeys relax in the hot spring at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park on Jan. 30, in Yamanouchi, Japan. Getty Images / Koichi Kamoshida



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A Japanese Macaque monkey carries its baby on the back on their way to the hot spring at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park on Jan. 30, in Yamanouchi, Japan. Getty Images / Koichi Kamoshida



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A Japanese Macaque monkey relaxes in the hot spring at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park on Jan. 30, in Yamanouchi, Japan. Getty Images / Koichi Kamoshida



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A Japanese Macaque monkey relaxes in the hot spring at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park on Jan. 30, in Yamanouchi, Japan. Getty Images / Koichi Kamoshida



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A Japanese Macaque monkey relaxes in the hot spring at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park on Jan. 30, in Yamanouchi, Japan. Getty Images / Koichi Kamoshida



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Japanese Macaque monkeys relax in the hot spring at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park on Jan. 30, in Yamanouchi, Japan. Getty Images / Koichi Kamoshida



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Japanese Macaque monkeys relax in the hot spring at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park on Jan. 30, in Yamanouchi, Japan. Getty Images / Koichi Kamoshida



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A Japanese Macaque monkey relaxes in the hot spring at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park on Jan. 30, in Yamanouchi, Japan. Getty Images / Koichi Kamoshida



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A Japanese Macaque monkey relaxes near the hot spring at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park on Jan. 30, in Yamanouchi, Japan. Getty Images / Koichi Kamoshida



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Japanese Macaque monkeys relax near the hot spring at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park on Jan. 30, in Yamanouchi, Japan. Getty Images / Koichi Kamoshida



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Visitors take photos of Japanese Macaque monkies in the hot spring at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park on Jan. 30, in Yamanouchi, Japan. Getty Images / Koichi Kamoshida



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Visitors take photos of Japanese Macaque monkies in the hot spring at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park on Jan. 30, in Yamanouchi, Japan. Getty Images / Koichi Kamoshida



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