Justin Bieber's Pet Monkey Will Stay in Germany

Singer's capuchin Mally has been in custody since March

May 21, 2013 10:25 AM ET
 Justin Bieber performs in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Justin Bieber performs in Las Vegas.
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It looks like Justin Bieber's abandoned pet monkey will become the property of the German government. Malley, a capuchin monkey, was confiscated and quarantined in late March when Bieber failed to produce proper paperwork upon landing in Munich. The singer intended to bring the simian along on tour, but ended up leaving Malley behind after the creature was taken into custody.

Bieber had until midnight last Friday to submit the proper documentation for the monkey and secure ownership, but according to The Associated Press, customs spokesman Thomas Meister said officials have not received any papers. Meister also said customs will officially transfer Malley's ownership rights to the German state today. The monkey has been in the care of a Munich animal shelter since its detainment.

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Bieber has six weeks to challenge the decision, but he's already had plenty of time to take action: German customs gave him a month to pick up the monkey in early April. The Munich customs office noted last week that Bieber faces a bill for the cost of Malley's care, food and vet visits that total several thousand dollars.

The 19-year-old singer has had a string of curious incidents this year: he fainted backstage at a London show, threatened a photographer, and wrote in the Anne Frank House museum's guestbook that he hoped the teen Holocaust victim "would have been a belieber." Drugs and a stun gun were also found on a tour bus he had used in Sweden. Earlier this month, Bieber was grabbed by a fan onstage during a concert in Dubai, and thieves in South Africa swiped $330,000 from a safe room in the Johannesburg stadium where he was performing.

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