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This is a snow monkey, aka Japanese Macaque. It’s the northern most living primate on earth besides humans. There are about 115,000 of them, and they live on the islands of Japan.

Wikipedia has what seems to be a well researched and edited entry on these incredible odd-ball lil’ guys who like to chill and hang out in hot springs. 

The Japanese macaque (play /məˈkɑːk/;[2]Macaca fuscata), historically known as saru (“monkey”), but now known as Nihonzaru (Nihon ”Japan” + saru) to distinguish it from other primates, is a terrestrial Old World monkey species native to Japan.

It is also sometimes known as the snow monkey from the fact that it lives in areas where snow covers the ground for months each year—no primate, with the exception of humans, is more northern-living, nor lives in a colder climate.[3][4]

Individuals have brown-grey fur, a red face, and a short tail. There are two subspecies[5]

An introduced free-ranging population has been living near Laredo, Texas[6] since 1972.[7][8][9]

Wikipedia/Japanese Macaque

First of all, MONKEYS IN TEXAS!?
Second, see 25 more photos of snow monkeys, here.