The alarmed resident who called 911 last Saturday to report a man “mistreating a squirrel” in Prospect Park got it all wrong. It was actually a guinea pig.
Police responded to the emergency call around 9:30 a.m. to find a man grilling the animal with a 4-foot wooden skewer over a barbecue grill near the park’s Ninth Street entrance. The man, who told DNAinfo New York that he is from Ecuador, confirmed that the animal was a guinea pig, which is a popular dish in South America.
Police did not take any action against the man, as it is legal to grill meat as long as it’s in one of the park’s designated barbecue areas, an NYPD spokesman said.
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