Visitors to the zoo get the chance to participate in a tug of war with a white Bengal tiger on the first and fourth day of the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.

On the first day of the Lunar New Year festival, hundreds of visitors gathered around the white tiger to experience taking on this majestic animal.

One of the participants, Mr. Tran Van Ti, a 41-year-old resident of Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, described the tiger as sturdy and smart. Despite his team’s loss, he shared a sense of happiness from the experience.

The tiger tug of war activity was introduced around a year ago and has attracted a lot of attention since then.

Born in 2015 at the zoo, the white Bengal tiger is an endangered animal.

In addition to the tug of war, visitors can also take part in other activities such as fishing with crocodiles, feeding hippos and bears.

Zoogoers visit the endangered white tiger. Photo credit: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

A 1kg piece of meat is attached to attract the tiger. Photo credit: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Mr. Tran Van Ti describes the tiger as sturdy and smart. Photo credit: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

A team of 5-7 visitors taking on the tiger. Photo credit: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

The tiger starts prying the meat, marking the start of the tug of war. Photo credit: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

A 1kg piece of meat is attached to attract the tiger. Photo credit: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

The white tiger wanders around the playground before the tug of war. Photo credit: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

The tiger in a locked cage before the tug of war. Photo credit: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Zoogoers gather around the cage to watch the tug of war. Photo credit: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

The white male tiger consumes 5kg of meat per day. Photo credit: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

The organizers ensure the tiger remains active. Photo credit: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre