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11/18/2013 03:27 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

National Zoo Tiger Cubs Make Their Debut, Prove Two Is Cuter Than One

The Smithsonian National Zoo's 15-week-old Sumatran tiger cubs, Sukacita and Bandar, made their public debut Monday and showed that two tiger cubs are even cuter than one.

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The cubs were cleared for the great outdoors after passing a swim test on Nov. 6; the boy-girl pair had to demonstrate they could keep their heads above water and make it safely back to shore.

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Sumatran tigers are classified as "critically endangered," with fewer than 400 remaining in the wild. The National Zoo called the cubs' August 5 birth "a huge conservation success."

Now all eyes turn to the panda house as the National Zoo conducts a poll to name its nearly-3-month-old giant panda cub; the winning name will be announced Dec. 1 on the cub's 100th day of life, and zoo-goers will be able to visit the black-and-white cutie on exhibit "sometime after she is four months old."

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