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    Default How to teach a big cat to doggy paddle

    After a hard day's lolling around, these animals like nothing more than a quick dip.

    The water-loving creatures all live at a special park for endangered species, where they have been taught to swim by Dr Bhagavan Antle, who has cared for them for 25 years. Scroll down for more...
    King of the jungle: A young lion learns how to swim in the pool

    Let's wrap it up now: Suryl dries himself off after his morning dip at TIGERS

    He says: "I started swimming with tigers because I discovered it enriches their lives.
    "We found we could manipulate them more easily in the water.
    "Then we tried swimming with other animals, and the orangutans in particular loved it." Scroll down for more...
    Keeping afloat: Suryl holds on tight as he gets a piggyback from an employee

    Really love those tiger feet: This tiger cub likes to get his paws wet too

    Another creature that adores the water at the Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, or TIGER, in Miami, Florida, is the aquatic tapir, from South America, which can walk along the bottom or swim on the top. "This little one has been swimming since he was the size of a shoe box, and both his parents swim too," said Dr Antle.
    Fancy seeing you here: A tapir meets baby orangutan Suryl, who loves the water but is wearing a life jacket because he doesn't like getting his head wet

    Lion by the pool: How to teach a big cat to doggy paddle | the Daily Mail

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    Oh for the love!! I want one of each!

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    Holy cuteness! This is just adorable.

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    What's round on the ends and high in the middle?


    The orangutans face in that last picture is adorable!

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    In between the mountains and sea


    Tapirs and Tigers both swim often in the wild, to cool off and cross rivers to get to choice food/mating land.
    "In the face of the blinding sun, I wake only to find
    that Heaven is a stranger place than than one I've left behind." - SM

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