Why Do Baby Japanese Macaques Make Snowballs?


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The Japanese macaque is a primate species that makes snowballs as a means of enjoyment and play. In other words, these monkeys make snowballs for fun in a way that is very similar to the reasons humans make snowballs.

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Why Do Baby Japanese Macaques Make Snowballs?
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Also known as the snow monkey, the Japanese macaque lives in areas where snow frequently falls, and they are the only non-human primates to live in such a cold climate. In addition to playing, these monkeys are also known to dip their food into salt water prior to consumption as a means of not only cleansing the food but also enhancing its flavor.

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