Hakodate monkeys fight winter in the bath
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Posted 12/7/09


Hakodate monkeys fight winter in the bath

Monkeys at a botanical garden in Hokkaido, northern Japan, are fending off the winter cold with dips in hot spring waters.

The botanical garden at a hot spring resort in Hakodate has made it a tradition to fill a swimming pool with hot spring waters and allow its 106 Japanese monkeys to soak in the spa from December through early May.

The monkeys looked warm despite the snow that fell in Hakodate on Monday, bring temperatures down to minus one degree Celsius.

The monkeys included newborns holding tight to their parents' backs to take their first-ever hot bath.
An elementary school child said the monkeys looked comfortable and that their faces had turned bright red.

2009/12/07 21:19(JST)
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http://www.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/07_36.html
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