National Zoo tiger cubs pass swim test, named Bandar and Sukacita

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(WJLA) - The National Zoo's newly named tiger cubs successfully completed their swim tests Wednesday afternoon. Bandar (the male) and Sukacita (the female) will now be allowed into their habitat enclosure.

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Both Sumatran cubs were able to keep their heads above water and make their way onto dry land during the test. The test was especially important for the 13-week-old cubs after a Sumatran tiger cub at the London Zoo drowned in a pool in its outdoor enclosure in mid-October.

The tiger cubs won't make their public debut until Nov. 18, but the pair is visible on the zoo's TigerCubCam.


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