PARK SLOPE — A man roasting a guinea pig in Prospect Park on Saturday morning got grilled by police after a 911 caller assumed he was an animal abuser.
Officers responded to an emergency call about someone mistreating a squirrel in the park, police said. But the suspected abuse turned out to be lunch in the making.
The man, who told DNAinfo New York he was from Ecuador, was roasting the squirrel-sized animal on a 4-foot wooden skewer over a barbecue grill near the Ninth Street entrance to the park about 9:30 a.m. The man said the animal was a guinea pig.
It's legal to grill meat as long as it's in one of the park's designated barbecue areas, which was the case in this instance, an NYPD spokesman said. Police did not take any action against the man.
Though popular as pets in the United States, guinea pigs are a common entrée called cuy in South America.