Snow Day! 8 Surprisingly Snow-Loving Animals
From making snowballs to refrigerating food, these animals know what to do with the white stuff.
When the weather outside is frightful, nothing warms you up like adorable animals playing in the snow.
It made Weird Animal Question of the Week wonder: Aside from the obvious penguins and polar bears, what are some surprising animals that love or can’t do without the snow and ice?
These monkeys have earned their nickname of “snow monkeys.” They’re well adapted to Japan’s hot summers and cold winters, and many of them—especially the youngsters—really enjoy the winter snow, says Rafaela Sayuri Takeshita, a Ph.D student at Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute, by email.
They even make snowballs, though their anatomy doesn’t allow an overhand pitch, says Fred Bercovitch, a wildlife biologist at Kyoto University, via email.
Still, they carry the snowballs