Hours before Mayor Bill de Blasio announced statues in New York City would not be coming down as a result of his statue-removal tribunal, a vandal splashed red paint across the base of a statue of Theodore Roosevelt in front of the Museum of Natural History.

The statue depicts Roosevelt looking chivalrous on horseback, with a Native American and a black man on either side, and has drawn the ire of select activists who believe the monument is racist.

The red paint was found on the base of the statue — which depicts the famed Rough Rider and New York Police Commissioner on horseback, flanked by a black man and a Native American — about 7:15 a.m., cops said. It’s believed that the vandalism took place sometime after 4 a.m.

No words were written in the paint, which covered the base of the statue, cops said.

The bronze statue by artist James Earle Fraser was dedicated in front of the Upper West Side museum in 1940.

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