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Last Updated: Friday October 29 2010 12:29 GMT

Lion cubs learn how to swim!

Lion cub learning to swim

Four lion cubs will be joining their mum in an outdoor home that's surrounded by water - so it's time they learnt how to swim!

Lion cub learning to swim

The eight-week-old cubs live in Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington DC, America, and went for their first swim to test how well they do in the water.

Lion cub being placed into the water

To start off with, zoo keepers placed the one male and three female cubs into the water, one after another.....

Lion cub learning to swim

And then checked whether the cubs would be able to move around safely if they take a dip - or fall - into the water that surrounds their new home.

Lion cub learning to swim

Good news - all four passed their first swimming test!

Lion cub learning to swim

They kept their heads above water and three of them were able to find their own way out onto dry land...

Lion cub finds its way to dry land with a little help

... but one little lion needed a bit of help. The zoo staff were always nearby to give a helping hand whenever it was needed.

Lion cub finds its way to dry land

Despite doing so well, the zoo says it will probably install some ramps from the water to the land to make it easier for the cubs to climb out. Well done guys!