A little Sumatran tiger cub from the Miami Zoo swam in the water for the first time. Staff caught footage of the frightened but brave predator coping with the ordeal. Learning to swim is a must for this little guy.
Trainers at the Miami Zoo taught a baby Sumatran tiger cub how to swim. This training is a mandatory step before the cub is moved to its mother’s enclosure, where there is a small pond.
The tiger cub needed two “swims” to become more confident in the water, and the staff filmed his reaction to the water. Although the cub was frightened at the sight of the pool when he was lowered into the water, he instinctively knew what to do.
A short time later, the tiger cub was lowered into the water a second time. This time he swam quickly to a ledge against the wall and looked around, checking to see who might come to his aid. This reaction once again showed the tiger cub’s excellent swimming skills and intelligence.
This meant that even in the case of a difficult situation, the tiger cub would always be able to find a safe place and help. After a full day of training, the tiger cub was fed and given a good night’s sleep. Soon he would be moved to his mother’s enclosure: he had already got acquainted with water and the staff was very happy about him.