These pictures and videos coming out of New York City are insane.
A state of emergency has been declared by New York governor Kathy Hochul and NYC Mayor Eric Adams as the city is hit with the remnants of Tropical Storm Ophelia, with massive flooding around the city shutting down streets, the subway, and even taken over LaGuardia Airport.
🚨#UPDATE: LaGuardia Airport officials announced the temporary closure of Terminal A after travelers attempting to leave New York were confronted with ankle-deep water. Currently, there are 44 reported delays and 50 flight cancellations at LaGuardia Airport. pic.twitter.com/W5bQipijfF
But while the city struggles to deal with the insane amounts of water, apparently some sea lions at the Central Park Zoo saw it as an opportunity to make their escape – or at least get out and play for a little while.
So much rain fell on the zoo, which is closed today due to flooding, that the sea lions were able to swim over their glass enclosure and escape their exhibit, exploring the areas of the zoo that are usually inaccessible to the aquatic creatures.
Video shows the sea lions playing on a rock structure outside of their exhibit, clearly having the time of their lives in their brand new giant swimming pool.
But apparently the sea lions didn’t have any plans to go too far. After a few minutes of enjoying their newfound freedom, they eventually returned back to the familiar waters of their pool (although at this point the entire zoo looks like a pool).
Due to the extreme flooding that is occurring across New York City, the water level in the Sea Lion area rose significantly. As a result, the Sea Lions were able to swim over… pic.twitter.com/XCZ5FFZK5B
The sea lions reportedly never breached the zoo’s secondary perimeter, so there was no risk of them escaping. But man, imagine trying to catch a subway in NYC and a sea lion hops up next to you on the platform.
On second thought that probably wouldn’t even crack the top 10 of strangest things you see in the Big Apple…
Hope everybody up in New York is staying safe and that things get back to normal quickly.