New York City Police responded to a call Saturday morning about a man “mistreating a squirrel” in a Brooklyn park. When they arrived, they found a man who was preparing lunch.
Police found the accused animal abuser in Prospect Park at 9:30 a.m. roasting a squirrel-sized animal on a 4-foot wooden skewer over a barbeque grill, DNAInfo reported.
But the animal was not a squirrel as the 911 caller presumed -- it was a guinea pig.
The resourceful chef told DNAInfo that he was from Ecuador, where guinea pigs are a delicacy called “cuy.”
Police took no action against the man. An NYPD spokesman said the man was grilling in one the park’s designated barbecue areas so what he was doing was technically legal.
It is, however, illegal to hunt or trap and eat park animals, such as squirrels. Squirrels also cannot be kept as pets in New York City, according to city law.
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