Japan's macaque monkeys are known for two things, their intelligence and their unique choice of locale. The so-called "snow monkeys" are the only non-human primates to live in the wilds of the island country's cold north.
But they've figured out an impressive and enviable way to survive such frigid temperatures — by bathing together in local hot springs. Here are some of the best, most "ahhhh"-inducing photos of monkeys having a spa day and snippets of what I imagine their conversations are like.
"Clear your mind. Don't think about work. Clear your mind. Oh, I need to pick up my drycleaning after. Damn it, Gerry! OK. Again. Clear your mind. Don't think about work. Clear your mind." (REUTERS/Issei Kato)
"Cowabunga!" "Ugh. Millennials." (Jeremy Woodhouse/Blend Images/Corbis)
"I cannot believe my gel mani is already chipped! Do you see that, Bob?" (T.Tak/Corbis)
"Just tilt your head back a little further… that's it. OK, now what were you saying about Deb? Because I heard she started grooming Janet's tribe and she is pissed." (REUTERS/Issei Kato)
"I don't mind sharing with the humans, just give me my personal space, ya know?" (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)