Watching these two tiger cubs swim for the first time could melt a heart of stone

June 9, 2017 4:23 pm Last Updated: June 9, 2017 4:23 pm

 

Consider this your warning. The tiger cubs in this video are extremely cute and may cause you to squeal with delight, melt into a pile of mush, and/or cry because they are just so gosh darn cute.

The two tigers in this clip are Sumatran tigers, a critically endangered species, and are part of a mini-series on BBC, “Tigers About the House.” The series follows Australian zookeeper Giles Clark and his team of handlers as they raise and take care of the zoo’s Sumatran tigers. Their unique way of raising a species of tiger that only has a population between 400 and 500 allows viewers to get an up-close look at these magnificent cats.

They’re named Spot and Stripe, and they lived with zookeeper Clark and his family at their house until they were about four months old.

This particular clip shows the tiger cubs learning an important skill — how to swim. In the wild tigers will often jump in the water to cool off or catch prey. While these two cuties won’t be released into the wild — they simply wouldn’t be able to survive — learning to swim is still a healthy, natural skill for them.

Clark lures the cubs, one by one, over to the water’s edge and is immediately able to tell that one doesn’t mind the water.

Look at him go!

Stripe is a little nervous about the water. Clark gives him a piggy back ride to help him get used to the water.

Can you handle it? So precious!

Soon the more nervous tiger cub is swimming like a pro. Watch out! These cute tiger cubs won’t be little for very long!