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Only The 'Elite' Monkeys Can Enjoy These Japanese Hot Springs

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In the high mountain ranges of northern Japan, some unexpected individuals are enjoying the spa life. Watch the video above to see these cool macaque monkeys chilling out in volcanic hot springs.

The 104-degree Fahrenheit pools are the perfect escape from the harsh winter, but not everyone is invited to enjoy the luxury. That is because this troop of macaques has a complex social hierarchy defined through a dominant matriarch.

Access to the pool is only available to monkeys with a higher status, while those lower status individuals are left to shiver in the cold.

Such a system is all too familiar to us humans, but nevertheless it is a treat to catch a glimpse of how those lucky, high status "chill" monkeys are enjoying the finer things.

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