EUGENE, Ore. – The husband of an Oregon pet store owner was arrested after police said he paid a prostitute with an exotic animal.
According to Eugene police, the Zany Zoo Pet store reported two burglaries in early March.
The stolen property included a laptop, Girl Scout cookie money and a Galago, a small primate commonly referred to as a bushbaby.
Nearly 10 days after the second burglary occurred, police recovered the exotic animal from an out-of-town prostitute staying in a motel.
The woman cooperated with police and gave a statement.
In Oregon, it is illegal to have an exotic animal without a license issued by the State Department of Agriculture.
Police arrested Nathan Allen McClain, the pet store owner’s husband, for prostitution.
Police said he gave the woman the animal as a tip for her services.
The missing Girl Scout money was never recovered and is still under investigation.
The pint-sized primate, Gooey, is safe and is living at a nearby sanctuary until the USDA issues a new license for Zany Zoo Pets.
Eugene Police Department uploaded a video of Gooey underneath a blanket eating a snack.
Zany Zoo issued a statement Friday regarding the arrest, saying McClain will no longer be associated with the store.