A New York City sea lion defied Mayor Eric Adams's shelter-in-place guideline during heavy rain 

Torrential rains and city flooding caused a sea lion to swim out of Central Park Zoo's pool 

The Wildlife Conservation Society reported that the sea lion remained within the zoo's perimeter 

Jim Breheny, Director of the Bronx Zoo, mentioned that zoo staff monitored the sea lion's exploration before it returned to its pool and companions 

There was no danger to staff or visitors throughout the incident, as the Bronx Zoo had closed its facilities in advance 

Animal care staff continued to monitor the situation during the severe weather event 

The New York Police Department's Central Park precinct debunked misleading videos of more animals escaping the zoo during the floods 

Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency due to overwhelming weather conditions in New York City 

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and parts of New Jersey 

Mayor Adams urged people to exercise extreme caution and stay indoors during the storm