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It's Friday, so here's a slideshow of macaques from around the world

It feels like Fridays were made for ‘ooohing’ and ‘aaahing’ over cute macaques and their antics.

AFTER SOME CAREFUL thought and deliberation, for the Friday slideshow, filled to the brim with animal cuteness, brings you macaques.

Their furry little bodies, adorable big dark eyes, human-like hands and cheek pouches that can store the same amount of food as their stomachs, can be found hanging out in large groups in hot springs or annoying locals and tourists in New Delhi, India.

While there are 22 macaque species to love, hug, and squeeze, don’t touch them. Ever. Nearly all macaques carry the herpes B virus (ouch!), which could kill, so they make pretty unsuitable pets.

While pugs, anteaters and baby polar bears might make safer animals to lovingly adore, macaques are still really cute, so here we go:

It's Friday, so here's a slideshow of macaques from around the world
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  • Why did the baby macaque cross the dirt track?

    To get to the other side. Sorry. (Martin Wright/ Flickr)
  • How did the macaque cross the road?

    On a wild boar's back. Again, sorry. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
  • "I want a Rachel cut please."

    In all fairness, who didn't try out the Jennifer Aniston-style bangs? (shannonkringen/Flickr)
  • A macaque lost in deep thought whilst chillin' in a hot spring

    The macaques descend from the Japanese forests to the warm waters of the hot springs in the mornings, and return to the security of the forests in the evenings. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
  • "Just taking a quick dip..."

    "... But I'll be home for dinner". (Justin Holzworth/Flickr)
  • "It wasn't me..."

    "... Well, I don't think it was anyway". (Jean françois/Flickr)
  • A sightseeing macaque

    Well, I've seen it all now. (Curt Smith/Flickr)
  • White tiny baby macaque

    A newborn white macaque. Want! (ChinaFotoPress/Photocome/Press Association Images)
  • Just chillin'

    They let anyone into the hot springs nowadays. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
  • "A little bit more to the right, over more. Ya, that's the spot."

    A Japanese macaque monkey specialising in back massage and relaxation therapy. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
  • There were three in the bed...

    Even macaques like a cuddle every now and then. (AP Photo/Jerome Favre)
  • A grinning like a Cheshire cat macaque

    A Rhesus macaque hanging from a fence in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
  • Please sir, I want some more.

    A young long-tailed macaque holding a grape looks on in earnest at his older friend who gobbles down a larger bunch of grapes. Greedy macaque. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)
  • Macaque in space

    A macaque named Multik in a Russian spacecraft that was launched into space and orbited the earth in 1996. Not just a pretty face then. (AP Photo/ITAR-TASS)
  • Do not disturb...

    A Japanese macaque in deep thought in the hot springs in Japan. (AP Photo)

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