Brass monkeys: Japanese macaques chill out in hot springs – in pictures

If you thought it was cold this this morning, spare a thought for these primates

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Macaques huddle together for warmth at the Awajishima centre in Sumoto, Hyogo prefecture
Japanese macaques
The macaques form an orderly queue
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Cutest in the middle! The macaques pose for their annual family portrait
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A very public display of affection. Photographs: Buddhika Weerasinghe/
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Scratching an itch. Macaques groom each other in a hot spring in Yamanouchi town, central Japan. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters
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Get back in that hot water! macaques shield their young from snow in Yamanouchi
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That’s more like it. Photographs: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA
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A macaque in contemplative mode. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters
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business: a macaque gets the full stereo grooming experience. Photograph: The Asahi Shimbun/

This article was written and published by the Guardian.

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