Spa therapy helps Japan’s snow monkeys cope with the cold

 

Japanese macaques, otherwise called snow monkeys, have been enjoying regular baths in the hot spring at Jigokudani in Japan for quite a long time.

 The facts show that monkeys bathe more often during winter and the reason is to stay warm.

"This indicates that, as in humans, the hot spring has a stress-reducing effect in snow monkeys," says  the researcher Takeshita, who believes that further investigation using serum or saliva samples might be useful to detect whether there are any further short-term changes in stress levels. "This unique habit of hot spring bathing by snow monkeys illustrates how behavioural flexibility can help counter cold-climate stress, with likely implications for reproduction and survival."

 

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