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Cheeky monkey: Japanese macaque gets a grooming from its mum

By Daily Mail Reporter

Delighted: The baby monkey is clearly enjoying all the attention from mum

This week-old monkey makes its delight known as its mum gives it a grooming head massage. The young Japanese macaque sheltered close to its caring mum as she helped keep it clean.

Photographer Mitsuaki Iwago captured the scene at Jigokudani Hot Springs in Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

Scratch me: This Japanese macaque keeps close to its mum while she grooms him

The 60-year-old said: 'When new babies are born in the spring, they play with other babies in the same bloodline.

'This baby was watching other babies near by as its mother groomed it.' Mitsuaki, from Tokyo, Japan, added: 'I was too busy to be delighted with the shot - I just carried on taking photos of the babies.'