Japanese Snow Monkey Swipes Tourist's Phone - This amusing capture by acclaimed Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten shows a Japanese snow monkey (also known as a Japanese macaque) who mischieviously stole a tourist's iPhone at the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Japan.
Japanese Macaque or Snow Monkey (Macaca Fuscata) Baby Playing with Snowball, Japan
Many researchers in the Japanese forested mountains have also documented an unusual activity of the Japanese macaques. The animals know how to make tiny snowballs in their hands, using their opposable thumbs, and then roll them along the ground to create larger snowballs, much like human children do. While this behavior doesn't appear to have survival purpose, whole troops of Japanese macaques engage in the activity as a social process. Primate Cultural Behavior in Monkeys