Animals Enjoying Nature’s Hot Tub
These wild animals are wild about their natural hot tub!
Swimming pools are awesome – they’re our passion – but we can’t forget about the hot tub! From their seemingly perfect temperature on a cold night, to their wonderful therapeutic benefits, spas can be an integral part of your swimming pool – as well as a standalone centerpiece in your yard. Humans are not the only ones that enjoy the relaxing and healing benefits of a hot tub though. Read on to check out some animals that have found themselves in hot water!
A hot tub full of…rodents?!
Enter the capybara: The capybara is the largest rodent in the world. Close relatives of guinea pigs and chinchillas, these rodents have low energy and appear stoic. They are native to South America and enjoy dense forests or the savannah. Capybaras are capable of running as fast as a horse on land but find themselves equally at home in the water. They have a thick, fatty skin that repels water easily. They are excellent swimmers and can stay submerged for up to five minutes! When temperatures soar, capybaras make a safe haven in the mud and partake in an activity called: wallowing. Smart as they are, capybaras take advantage of the overnight cooldown by resting at midnight and continuing to search for and graze on food until dawn. If wallowing in mud is common during the hot months, then what is a capybara to do when temperatures drop? Hop in a hot tub! Of course! There is nothing like a soak in a hot tub to warm your chilled bones in temperatures that have dropped to nearly freezing. This behavior typically happens in captivity as capybaras do not live in cold environments often. Check out this video to see some capybaras enjoying their hot tub!
A barrel of monkeys or a hot tub full of monkeys?
Capybaras aren’t the only ones who have taken advantage of the soothing effects of hot water, the Japanese macaques (or snow monkeys) have discovered it too! In The Jigokudani monkey park tourists can view Japanese macaques enjoying the natural hot springs! “Jigokudani”: meaning “Hell’s Valley”, is aptly named to describe the steam and boiling water that bubbles out of small crevices in the frozen ground. The monkeys gather in hoards to enjoy the hot tub and relax. The monkeys descend from the steep cliffs and forest to sit in the warm waters of the hot springs, and return to the security of the forests in the evenings. Enjoy this amazing clip of the snow monkeys below.
Quit monkeying around, isn’t it time you got your own hot tub?
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