"Missed the Olympics, but saw the monkeys" Nagano by DSwede

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I missed the 1998 Olympics by only a few years (about 10 to be more accurate), but I did finally make it and went a bit further into the mountains and visited the famous snow monkeys.

Cute little critters. There was a small diameter plastic tube that the rangers would put treats in. It was mutually entertaining, for the monkeys to figure out how to get them out, and for us to watch the monkeys outwit each other. My favorite was when two young monkeys were probing the tube with a stick, trying to fish the goodies out. Then came grampa, who stomped them away. He reached over, grabbed a newborn, threw him in the tube until he grabbed the fruit, then yanked him out by the tail.

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