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Pet Store Owner Tips Prostitute With Monkey

Nathan Allen McClain is an Oregon man who was charged with soliciting a prostitute on April 21. Yet, that is just the tip of the iceberg. He allegedly tipped her with a Galago primate, or bush baby, named Gooey that he stole from his own pet store. He also paid her thousands of dollars that he allegedly stole from a Girl Scout donation jar in the store as well.

Eugene PD spokesman John Hankemeier said, “It’s unusual. It’s the first I’ve heard of anything like that here.”

McClain owns the Zany Zoo Pet Store with his wife. Officers said they received information about burglaries of the Girl Scout money and the bush baby on March 1 and March 6. After investigating, they found the primate after locating the prostitute March 17 at a hotel room where she was staying. That was when she told police of her encounter with McClain. She surrendered Gooey to authorities and was not charged.

Detective Rick Lowe said, “It’s my first time ever recovering a monkey from a prostitute." A few days later, McClain was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of meth. In an interview with police March 21, in which cops say he again appeared to be high on meth. On March 1, it was discovered he had met with the prostitute.

Police told the Eugene Register-Guard that they delayed McClain’s arrest so the Zany Zoo Pet Store could complete a move. The Zany Zoo Pet Store has since distanced itself from McClain.

Abbie McClain, the suspect's wife, is the owner and Nathan McClain is no longer affiliated with the store. The Eugene PD wrote in a news release, “The investigation into the burglaries is unfounded and the missing Girl Scout money was never recovered and is still under investigation." Gooey is in a nearby sanctuary as the pet store gets its new license.

Photo: NY Daily News

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