Lions can swim – level 3

07-06-2023 15:00

A group of little lion cubs passed their swimming test, as their keepers introduced them to water at a zoo in Washington.

Lions and tigers at the zoo must pass the test to demonstrate their maturity.

The keepers tossed the cubs into a moat at the National Zoo and although irritated by the unexpected dunk, they all managed to swim safely to the side. All of the four 10-week-old cats held their heads above water, and three paddled to the shallow end and climbed on to dry land. A little one took a short cut instead, scampering out the same way that he entered.

Difficult words: toss (throw), moat (hole with water), irritate (to make somebody feel bad), dunk (getting in water), paddle (to swim with short, quick movements), scamper (to run with quick short steps).

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