Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Junior tiger feet make a splash

Sumatran tiger cub Bandar shows his displeasure after being dunked in the tiger exhibit moat for a swim at a Washington Zoo (AP)

Nobody likes being thrown in at the deep end - but for two young tiger cubs at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, this sink or swim exercise is a matter of safety.

ZooKeepers need to make sure the three-month-old Sumatran tigers will be able to survive if they enter water and paddle to safety.

Both Bandar and Sukacita have passed the test with flying colours, although they did not seem initially pleased with their lesson.

After getting the big cat equivalent of their swimming badge, the young cubs are now allowed to to explore the yard of their enclosure with their protective mother Dami.

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