There’s nothing more relaxing than a nice, long, hot bath. You can melt away the tension of the day, clear your mind, and emerge feeling fresh.
But if you think this is only something humans enjoy, you’re wrong!
Like their fellow primates, Japanese macaques — also known as snow monkeys — also like a long soak in hot water. After all, since humans and animals can be quite similar, it makes sense. If monkeys like ice pops as much as people do, it stands to reason they like hot tubs, too!
And with good reason: These monkeys are the most northern-living primates, and make their homes in areas where snow blankets the ground most of the year, hence their name.
Snow monkeys are very social, and one of the things they enjoy? Spa time. In Nagano, Japan, the snow monkeys frequent the Jigokudani hot spring to hang out and relax.
This spring is located in the Jigokudani Monkey Park, which also features an artificial pond built for the monkeys’ enjoyment.
Photographer Ron Gessel recently took a trip to the park, and captured some up-close images of some very serene monkeys enjoying a soak.
Take a look, and you might find yourself planning out some bathtime this evening!