Everyone Into the Pool!

The National Zoo's lion cubs get their first swim lesson.

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On October 26, 2010, the Smithsonian's National Zoo's 8-week-old lion cubs took a swim test.
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The swim was conducted under the supervision of Great Cats curator Craig Saffoe and keepers Rebecca Stites and Kristen Clark.
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The cubs -- three girls and one boy -- were born on August 30 and 31 to 5-year-old mother, Shera, and 5-year-old father, Luke.
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The cubs did pretty well for their first attempt in the cold water.
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Even though they weren't so sure about the idea.
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Honest, they had fun.
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