CENTRAL PARK — An emotionally disturbed man perched himself on a wall inside a tropical Central Park Zoo exhibit and refused to come out, leading to a four-hour standoff with police over the weekend, the NYPD said.
The man, whom police did not identify, entered the Tropic Zone exhibit — a bird enclosure that also features an emerald tree boa constrictor, poison dart frogs, black-and-white ruffed lemurs and Victoria crowned pigeons — at roughly 3:30 p.m. Sunday, authorities said.
He then scaled a 20-foot rock wall where he stayed until finally agreeing to come down around 7:30 p.m., police and zoo officials said.
Police didn't have any information about what the man said during his time on the wall.
He was taken to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation, police said.
The exhibit was closed off to the public during the incident, and no animals or guests were involved, zoo officials said.