Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox every week.      
The Kid Should See This

The Story Behind Japan’s Bathing Monkeys – ScienceTake

A troop of ‘snow monkeys’ or Japanese Macaques at the Jigokudani Yaen-koen snow monkey park has been relaxing in the country’s hot springs since the mid-1960s, a daily respite from the winter snow and an increasingly famous tourist attraction in Japan’s Nagano Prefecture. But do the macaques only enjoy the naturally heated pools to escape the cold? Or is there more to it? From The New York Times via ScienceTake

Rafaela S.C. Takeshita and her colleagues at Kyoto University collected and tested the monkeys’ feces for levels of glucocorticoids, which increase with stress. The cold is known to cause levels of these hormones to go up…

As expected, during the periods when the monkeys were bathing, stress levels were down. Another indication of the value of bathing to the macaques was that the higher-ranking females spent more time in the pools.

Dr. Takeshita said that the males are usually on the periphery of the troop at this time of year and did not spend much time bathing, so she only studied the females.

Watch these calming snow monkey videos next. Also: Videos about poop.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Monkey Monitor: Smithsonian Scientist Meg Crofoot

Rion Nakaya

Japan’s high-tech conveyor belt sushi restaurants

Rion Nakaya

Daifuku Mochi: Making Japanese rice cakes at Nakatani-dou

Rion Nakaya

The communal support within Crested Black Macaque monkey troops

Rion Nakaya

Fearsome Teeth of the Gelada Baboon

Rion Nakaya

The Grand Prismatic Spring: One of Nature’s Most Amazing Sights

Rion Nakaya

Jigokudani Yaen-koen: Snow Monkeys (Japanese macaques)

Rion Nakaya

Yukino-otani, the huge snow walls of the Tateyama Snow Corridor

Rion Nakaya

The Funkiest Monkeys: Crested Black Macaques

Rion Nakaya