NATURE: Snow Monkeys

NATURE: Snow Monkeys

This spring on WXXI.

A juvenile holds her 8 month old sister closely.

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Follow a troop of snow monkeys in Japan to see how they prepare to face the world.

In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys functions in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows his and her place. Their leader is still new to the job and something of a solitary grouch. One innocent little monkey, unaware of his own low status, reaches out to this lonely leader and they form a rare and remarkable bond that alters both their lives. NATURE: Snow Monkeys airs this spring on WXXI-TV.