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Japanese macaque (snow monkey)

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Jigokudani_hotspring_in_Nagano_Japan_001I watched a show on National Geographic about Japanese Macaques (or aka Snow Monkeys) and was astounded by how intelligent these monkeys are. I wont elaborate a lot about them as there are a bunch of materials about them but here are some quick facts:

– snow monkeys can pass ability and knowledge in the group and also to the next generations

– scientists left sweet potatoes for them to eat at the beach. One monkey got a potato and washed it with river water. She also seasoned the clean potato with sea water to make it saltier. Soon after that all members of the group started doing that and even the next generations. The same monkey learned how to clean wheat out of sand – she threw the mix of wheat and sand in the water, waited for the sand to sink and picked up the wheat that surfaced. Again that behavior was spread among the others in the group.

– snow monkeys learned to withstand cold winters by bathing in hot springs

– snow monkeys are known to make ice balls or bang stones with no purpose whatsoever but to have fun.


Into the wild

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into the wild That movie is wow. Not very impressive in the beginning but it gets very interesting as the story unwraps. It is about a boy that finishes college and decides to go to Alaska by himself, surviving only on his skills and offerings from nature, looking for true happiness. However, no happy end. The movie is very philosophical and asks question like – What is essential for happiness? Do we live the life that we want to? Do we need all that we “need”? So if you happen to have one of those melancholic, philosophical Sundays – i strongly recommend this movie 🙂