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SHOTLIST:MANDATORY COURTESY: SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL ZOO - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington - November 6, 20131. Mid - Bandar taking his swim testAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington - November 6, 20132. SOUNDBITE (English) Craig Saffoe, curator of 'Great Cats' exhibit at the National Zoo: "Most importantly, we have to know that they have that instinct to get back to the shore and pull themselves back out of the water. So this is our, we've kind of coined it as our swim test, our reliability test, of getting out of the dangerous position, the most dangerous position they could get into in the yards. And it was important for us, we were all holding our breath, making sure they could, essentially pass that test. And I think that they passed it with flying colors."MANDATORY COURTESY: SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL ZOO - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington - November 6, 20133. Mid - Bandar jumping out of the waterAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington - November 6, 20134. SOUNDBITE (English) Craig Saffoe, curator of 'Great Cats' exhibit at the National Zoo: "In reality, if a cub came out here with Mom present, and got knocked into the water, Mom will probably make a beeline to them and pull them out of the water. But I'm not willing to bet that, I'm not willing to bet their lives on that." 5. Mid - adult Sumatran tiger prowling enclosure6. SOUNDBITE (English) Marie Magnuson, animal keeper at National Zoo: "Well, one of the ways it differs here is that in Sumatra, the water's not as cold. Believe me, it was pretty cold out there today. And also, they are usually going to have a sloping bank. Here, it's a sudden drop-off and also, the first time they come out, they may not really understand what water is." MANDATORY COURTESY: SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL ZOO - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington - November 6, 20137. Mid - Sukacita taking her swim testAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington - November 6, 20138. SOUNDBITE (English) Marie Magnuson, animal keeper at National Zoo: "All species, sub-species of tiger are critically endangered, the total population of Sumatrans - captive and wild - is probably at the most, 500. A lot of people think poaching is the biggest threat to them, and it is a serious problem, but the biggest threat facing these guys is a loss of habitat. There's just not enough space for the large carnivores of the world anymore." 9. Wide - adult tiger prowling enclosure next to water10. Mid - sign announcing birth of tiger cubs11. SOUNDBITE (English) Craig Saffoe, curator of 'Great Cats' exhibit at the National Zoo: "I can't blame people at all, for looking at a tiger cub and wanting to scratch him behind the ears. I want to, when I see pictures of them. So if I can have people come out here, fall in love with them because they're cute, but learn about them while they're out here, we've done our jobs." 12. Mid to wide - adult tiger walking down the hill----STORYLINE:Swimming tests are usually reserved for humans, but Wednesday at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, two Sumatran tiger cubs gave it a try. The male and female cubs, named Bandar and Sukacita (SOO-kah-CHEE-tah), were placed in the moat surrounding their enclosure by zookeepers and monitored closely to ensure safety. Both cubs were able to keep their heads above water, paddle to the shallow end of the moat and climb onto dry land. The moat exists to protect visitors from the animals, but could present an obstacle for the young cats, according to zookeepers. The purpose of this swim reliability test is make sure that if the cubs enter the water, they know how and where to get out. Both cats passed their tests, so they are now permitted to explore the yard with their mother, four-year old Damai. Bandar and Sukacita were born at the zoo August 5, 2013. Sumatran tigers are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.