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Japanese Snow Monkey Babies

Are you ready the cutest, floofiest snow monkeys baby ever?! I wasn’t, I was totally taken aback unawares! OMG! I was weakened by their cuteness….. ahhhhh. There’s 8 minutes here of adorable snow monkey family hi-jinx from Monkey Island, Japan. I highly recommend 3:19.. the lil’ smile on that lil’ primate just melted my heart.

Thank-you YouTube Channel Kiyo for your wonderful snow monkey video (she has many more on her page)!


Happy Monkday :_)


The Capybara Spa

Japan has taken the concept of the Cat Cafe one step further. They have invented the Capybara Spa. Now you can go for a soak, while watching capybaras soak right along with you… through plate glass, that is.


Nasu Animal Kingdom in Tochigi Prefecture, about a two and a half hour drive from Tokyo, will be opening its “Kingdom Hot Spring — The Capybara Bath (Ōkoku Onsen Capybara no Yu)” on April 23, to give visitors to the park a chance to take a bath while watching capybaras do the same.


It plans to have three to four capybaras each just outside the men’s and women’s baths for guests to observe, and we have a strong feeling that these furry fellas will thoroughly captivate and entertain visitors.


Nasu Animal Kingdom boasts that the bath is the only one of its kind in the country [maybe the world? Can’t imagine there would be many hot springs where  you can see capybara bathing], which should make it all the more attractive to capybara fans.

So, what do you say to a unique bathing experience at an animal park? The hot water and the sight of the capybaras are sure to help you relax and soothe any tense muscles!


Happy Bun(rodent)day! (|^_^|)


Japan’s Cat Island Finds Purr-fect Fix for Food Deficit

The cats that rule a remote island in Shikoku, Japan are licking their whiskers after a plea for food aid has triggered a flood of donations from across Japan.


More than 140 cats occupy the tiny island of Aoshima in Ehime Prefecture, which is playfully referred to as “Cat Island”, considering they outnumber humans 8 to 1. Unfortunately, the feral felines recently ran out of cat food, but a cry for help led to an extraordinary response.

“Food began pouring in from all over Japan,” says Kazuyuki Ono, whose tweet raised the alarm, said Friday, “there’s so much of it now we can’t store it,” he added. “We’re asking people to stop sending donations. But the cats couldn’t be happier.”

They look thrilled. (Source:

Fittingly, hundreds of boxes of cat food arrived at Aoshima dock, a 30-minute boat ride from the mainland, in time for Feb. 22, which is unofficially known as Cat Day in Japan. The Japanese word ni means two and also sounds like the first part of nyanthe Japanese word for meow. This inspired a group of cat lovers to designate Cat Day as 2/22.

“The food started arriving right at that time,” Ono said. “In spring and summer, tourists bring food to feed the cats, but when it gets cold, the sea is rough and nobody comes,” he said. “Sometimes boats can’t cross in the rough seas. It’s a mysterious little island.”


Aoshima was once home to 1,000 people but today claims only 16 residents, mostly pensioners. The cats, originally brought to the island to kill the mice infesting fishermen’s boats, now rule the roost and draw curious visitors from across Asia and even Europe.


“It’s a cat paradise here,” said Ono, who took to Twitter at the request of Naoko Kamimoto, president of the Aoshima Cat Protection Society, after she found the cupboard bare.

“There are no crows, no dogs, no bikes, no cars,” Ono said. “They love nothing more than to just lie about in the street sunning themselves all day. Now their bellies are full. They’re purring happily.”


Happy Caturday =^_^=


Sleepy Otter Starfeesh

The latest in cute Japanese otter videos is here! ^_^

A young sea otter sleeps with his arms outstretched, which is very unusual (and adorable)!  Usually, sea otters sleep with their paws folded in.  In humans, the arms-outstretched sleeping position is called “the starfish” and only 5% of people (including myself) sleep in this manner.  I wonder if sea otters are the same way….


Happy Ottersday :#)

Delighted Bathing Capybara Parents

Here’s a nice, relaxing Bunday video for you from Japan: Capybara parents and their brood, relaxing in a stream, while a guitar plays a soothing soundtrack… they’re so cute and so peaceful, they make me smile. :-)



“Delighted Bathing Capybara Parents” is the English translation of the youtube video’s Japanese title. 


Happy Bun(rodent)day (|^_^|)

Working Monkeys

Happy Labor Day, everybody.  For today’s special Labor Day edition of Monkday, I’m featuring two monkeys who work for a living.

At the Kayabukiya Tavern, in Utsunomiya, Japan, two macaque monkeys named Yat-Chan and Futu-Chan, work for two hours a day as waiters.  Their owner is also the owner of the sake bar, and he makes sure his monkeys are happy, enjoying their time with the customers, getting lots of edamame to eat, and following all of the animal regulations to the letter.  Apparently, the monkey waiters are extremely popular, because his bar business is booming!


Happy Monkday :_)

Haku the White Otter


Meet Haku, a river otter that lives at the Sunshine City Aquarium, in Tokyo, Japan. Haku is special because, unlike her family of seven that live at the facility, Haku’s fur hasn’t darkened at all as she has aged. She’s an adolescent now at four months, but still has her white floofy baby fur. She’s super adorable, and will be interesting to watch as she grows up.


Happy Ottersday ^_^

Bunny Paradise is on Okunoshima Island

Okunoshima is a small Japanese island, located in the Inland Sea of Japan, in the Hiroshima Prefecture.  What’s special about this place is that it is crawling with rabbits, a true bunny paradise.  Nicknamed the Rabbit Okunoshima attracts thousands of animal lovers every year.  Feeding bunnies can be one of the most relaxing pastimes, and people come here to do just that. The island is a popular day-trip and weekend holiday destination.

Photo: travelerstoday



In the early 20th Century, Okunoshima, served as the base for the Imperial Army’s lethal gas operation.  Over 6,000 tons of about 5 types of poison gas were manufactured on this very island between the years of 1929 and 1945. The mission was top secret back then, so Okunoshima was actually omitted from maps and workers were sworn to secrecy.  Today, you can still see the ruins of these factories on the island. Given its history, there are several explanations of the unusually large number of rabbits in this place. Some sources say they were brought over during World War II, and when the war ended, the workers are said to have released the rabbits into the wild.  Other sources claim that a group of children were on a field trip at Okunoshima in 1971, when they left behind eight bunnies.  Though we may never know how the first rabbits got on to the island, they made sure to leave behind hundreds of their progeny to roam the island today.  Hundreds might not sound like a lot, but on an island just 2.5 kilometers in circumference, they definitely make their presence felt.

Photo: Tumblr


The rabbits of Okunoshima are wild, but well-accustomed to the presence of humans.  Sometimes they approach tourists, especially during seasons when natural food sources are low, hopping on to laps much to the delight of visitors. Carrots, cabbage and rabbit feed (sold at the island hotel for about $1 a cup) are what they prefer the most.  Rakuten, a travel company, offers a tour called ‘Let’s Play with Rabbits’, in English and Japanese, because an island full of bunnies is pretty hard to resist.  Hunting the rabbits is strictly forbidden, and so is bringing cats and dogs on the island.  If you fancy felines, you can visit Japan’s cat island, instead.  Okunoshima is all bunnies, all the time.

Photo: Laura Appleyard


Even though tourists flock to Okunoshima to see the rabbits today, the island’s also home to the Poison Gas Museum.  The island has been declared safe for tourists now,  but are generally advised to stay on official walkways and paths.  Generally, if you’re hanging out where the bunnies are, you’re cool. B-)

Photo: Laura Appleyard



Happy Bunday ^-^