Eugene man tipped prostitute with tiny primate

Primate used as tip for prostitute

EUGENE, Ore. – An Oregon man robbed his own pet store in Eugene and used one of the items, a nocturnal primate, to give to a prostitute as a tip.

According to Eugene police, a burglary was reported at the Zany Zoo pet store on two days in March. The store is owned by Nathan Allen McClain. 

Girl Scout cookie money, a laptop and a Galago primate named “Gooey” were stolen, police said. Galagos are also known as “bush babies” and are native to Africa.

On March 17, police found Gooey with an out-of-town prostitute at a hotel in the Eugene area.

Then, on March 19, Oregon State Police arrested McClain in the parking lot of the OSP office in Albany because he walked out of a porn shop next door to the police department and was apparently under the influence of methamphetamine. 

McClain was arrested for DUII and taken to the Linn County Jail. 

Through interviews and statements, Eugene police learned McClain was the suspect in his store’s robbery.

Police said McClain robbed his own store, paid for sex with the prostitute with the Girl Scout money then gave her Gooey as a tip.

McClain was arrested for prostitution and taken to the Lane County Jail. Gooey, meanwhile, is now in good hands. He was taken to an animal sanctuary and is safe, police said. 


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