Thursday, May 08, 2014

Lion cubs pass their swimming test at zoo

A group of little lion cubs passed their swimming test after they were introduced to the water by their keepers at a zoo in Washington DC.

The cubs were tossed into a moat by staff at the National Zoo and, although irritated by the unexpected dunk, they all managed to swim safely to the side.

The baby lions successfully passed their swim reliability test, which lions and tigers at the zoo must pass to demonstrate their maturity to navigate the pool and other potential dangers of their outdoor exhibition area.

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All four of the 10-week-old cubs held their heads above water, and three paddled to the shallow end and climbed on to dry land. Apart from one little one, who took a short cut instead, scampering out the same way he entered.

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