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Monkeys go fishing to survive harsh Japanese winters

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Snow monkeys living in one of the world's coldest regions survive by 'going fishing' – scooping live animals, including brown trout, out of Japanese rivers and eating them to stay alive, a new study reveals.

The snow monkey (Japanese macaque Macaca fuscata) is native to the main islands of Japan, except Hokkaido. The most northerly living non-human primate find that snow cover limits the availability of their preferred foods in the Kamikochi area of Chubu Sangaku National Park of the Japanese Alps.

With favorite foods difficult to find, the snow monkeys run low on energy and face death by starvation, but groundwater-fed streams flow during the winter with a constant water temperature of about 5 degrees Celsius and are easily accessible for Japanese macaques to search for alternative live food.


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The Orangutans on the island of Borneo (Indonesia) are finding it increasingly difficult to find their favorite food. Due to a constant destruction of the forests. So they learned to use a stick, and go fishing.
Orangutan using tool to fish – Primatology.net
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And when that doesn't help, they start stealing...and get arrested:


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