The Mercer Island Mall is in a state of lockdown after a reported sighting of a lion in the mall.
The lion was seen on the first floor of the mall on Sunday afternoon, after a witness reported seeing the animal in the area, the New York City Police Department said.
The mall’s security department said the lion had been spotted on a balcony, and was possibly in a display case, and that it was believed to be a juvenile male.
Mercer Island has been on lockdown since Monday morning after reports of a suspicious animal.
Police say they have been called to the mall three times in the past week, and there have been no reports of any injuries.
Mercer’s mall security was not immediately available for comment on the sighting.
The New York Daily News reports that the mall is the only shopping center in the city that allows pets.
It also says the mall will continue to monitor the area and keep visitors posted on the status of the situation.
Mercer has a population of about 1,200.
In December, a lion was spotted in the Mall of America’s Lion Pavilion.
That incident prompted a nationwide ban on all lion exhibits.
The zoo’s director told ABC News that the lion was a male and that the zoo had “a policy that all animals must be on a leash, that they cannot roam and that they’re not allowed in certain areas.”
The New Orleans area is home to an entire lion population.
In September, the National Zoo of the United States suspended all animal exhibits until further notice after a lion had wandered into the zoo’s exhibit and started attacking a pet.