Snow monkeys terrorize Shibu Onsen

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    Shibu Onsen, the town in Nagano that is world famous for its snow monkeys that bathe in natural hot springs, has a bit of a problem:

    It would seem that some of the monkeys have grown so used to humans that they no longer fear running into houses and stores to steal food. In some cases, they make off with boxes of souvenir snacks, which they supposedly bash open later and eat.

    Residents of the town are frustrated by the thieving monkeys, but most shrug off their acts. After all, those same monkeys are responsible for drawing large numbers of foreign tourists to the town.

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