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Police respond to 911 call of man grilling guinea pig in Prospect Park

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Someone called 911 on a man who was grilling a Guinea pig in Prospect Park Saturday morning. (Photo: DNAinfo New York)

Someone called 911 on a man who was grilling a Guinea pig in Prospect Park Saturday morning. (Photo: DNAinfo New York)

PROSPECT PARK, Brooklyn—The alarmed resident who called 911 to report a man “mistreating a squirrel” in Prospect Park got it all wrong. It was actually a Guinea pig.

Police responded to an emergency call Saturday around 9:30 a.m. to find a man grilling the animal with a 4-foot wooden skewer over a barbecue near the 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.

It is illegal to hunt or trap park animals such like squirrels. Squirrels also can’t be kept as pets in NYC.