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Photo Journal: Mothering macaques

(Mainichi)

Japanese monkeys look after their newborns in the city of Mutsu in Aomori Prefecture, in this recent photo. Commonly known as "Hokugen no Saru," or "northernmost monkeys," due to their habitat being located the furthest north among wild monkeys worldwide, it is typical for a number of female monkeys in this group on the Shimokita Peninsula to give birth in May and June each year. This year, eight baby monkeys were born within this particular group, attracting the attention of visitors. The monkeys are designated as a national natural treasure. (Mainichi)

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