Zany zookeeper paid hooker with stolen Girl Scout donations and exotic bush baby primate

Eugene, Oregon pet store owner Nate McClain allegedly stole the Girl Scout donation jar from his own shop and used it to pay for sex before tipping a prostitute with a Galago primate. Police believe meth may have played a role in this bizarre tale.

    2016/04/27

NSFW    What the Freak?

EUGENE, OREGON — An Oregon pet store owner was arrested after tipping a prostitute with an exotic animal allegedly stolen from his own shop.

Nate McClain, owner of the aptly named Zany Zoo in Eugene, is charged with soliciting a prostitute. But that fact doesn't do justice to perhaps one of the craziest stories we've ever heard.

It all began when two burglaries were reported apart at the Zany Zoo on March 1 and March 6, Fox News 12 reported.

Police discovered surveillance footage from neighboring businesses revealed that McClain broke into his own store, according to Fox News 12.

Some $7,000 in Girl Scouts donation money allegedly went missing, along with a laptop and a Galago primate named Gooey. The Galago is a small, furry, creature with wide eyes, also known as a bush baby. Gooey is valued at $2,500, the Oregonian reported.

Police recovered Gooey from an out-of-town prostitute, who said she got the animal from McClain. The woman said McClain paid her for sex with funds from the pet store and gave the bush baby to her as a tip, Fox News 12 reported.

It is illegal to own an exotic animal in Oregon without a license from the Department of Agriculture, according to Fox News 12. The prostitute has not been named and is not facing any charges.

McClain was picked up on a DUI charge on March 19, when officers saw him leaving a porn shop seemingly under the influence of methamphetamine, Fox News 12 reported. He was interviewed again two days later, when officers noted once more that he appeared to be high.

Unlike Gooey, the missing money has still not been recovered. Police said there was not enough evidence to lay charges against McClain for the alleged theft, according to the Oregonian.

Writing on Facebook, McClain's wife Abbie said she was the owner of Zany Zoo and her husband was no longer associated with the business.

McClain is due in court on May 5.
Nate McClain was charged with soliciting a prostitute and is due in court on May 5. EUGENE POLICE DEPARTMENT
Nate McClain was charged with soliciting a prostitute and is due in court on May 5. EUGENE POLICE DEPARTMENT
Gooey the Galago is in protective custody at an animal sanctuary. FACEBOOK / EUGENE POLICE DEPARTMENT
Gooey the Galago is in protective custody at an animal sanctuary. FACEBOOK / EUGENE POLICE DEPARTMENT
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