Bieber decides to give monkey away?
Published 24/04/2013 | 00:06
Justin Bieber has allegedly decided to give away his pet monkey and has asked German authorities to give it to a zoo.
The Capuchin monkey was seized from his private jet by German customs and placed in quarantine in March when the 19-year-old singer failed to produce the necessary customs documents after landing in Munich for his European tour.
Now the Munich shelter where Mally is being held have said it received an email last week purporting to be from Justin's representatives saying they were "looking into the idea of placing Mally at a zoo in Germany" and asking for recommendations.
But customs spokesman Thomas Meister says that Mally will stay in the shelter until Justin or someone with his power of attorney gets in touch with them directly.
Franz Bohmer of the Bonn Federal Office for Nature Conservation said: "So far no papers for the monkey of Justin Bieber have been submitted. If he submits a written disclaimer, we can accommodate Mally in a welfare family group in a zoo."
The singer has been given a deadline of May 17 to either claim Mally or to send a letter saying he no longer wants him.
Justin has previously been criticised for abandoning his pet while he continues with his world tour, and for keeping the pet in the first place.
The monkey was given to the Baby star for his 19th birthday last month from music producer Jamal 'Mally Mal' Rashid. He had been taken away from his mother when he was only nine weeks old. Normally capuchin monkeys remain with their mothers for at least the first year of their life.
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