Viral: Nimble Snow Monkeys Shuffle Along Power Cables

A video showing a group of nimble monkeys shuffling along power cables amid a snowy backdrop has gone viral with over a million views.

The incident took place in the Aomori Prefecture of northern Japan and was filmed by an eyewitness and uploaded to Twitter.

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In the footage, dozens of Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata), also known as snow monkeys, are seen walking along the cables as if they were performing a tightrope act.

Some monkeys are walking along the bottom cable while using the top one for support while other macaques are seen shuffling along the higher cable.

According to reports, they were using the cables to cross a snow-covered farm to get to the nearby forested mountains.

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A group of monkeys were spotted walking on a wire

The footage went viral online with netizens calling the scenes “adorable”, “astonishing” and “very cute” while one Twitter user said that she could “watch this again and again”.

The Japanese macaque is an Old World monkey species that is native to Japan. They are also called snow monkeys because they live in areas which are covered in snow for many months of the year.

There are no other non-human primates that are more northern-living and exposed to such cold temperatures.

They typically have brown-grey fur, red faces and short tails.


Story By: Lee BullenSub-EditorJoseph Golder  Agency: AsiaWire

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