Ten-week-old cubs from the Smithsonian's National Zoo passed their swim test earlier this week, much to everyone's delight. The successful paddle session brings them one step closer to reuniting in an enclosure with their nine-year-old mother, Shera.
So, what does a little lion have to do to ace this challenge? Simply keep their head above water, swim to the shallow end of the moat (which is two-and-a-half-feet deep), and climb back onto dry land.
Though not an official requirement of the test, it's also helpful if they manage to look very cute doing all of these things. Small roars are also appreciated.
The cubs make their public zoo debut in mid-June. For now, get a sneak preview with the clip below. Give them all of the awards. All of them. (People Pets)