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FILE - In this April 2, 2013 file picture Capuchin monkey 'Mally" sits on the head of an employee in an animal  shelter in Munich, Germany.

FILE - In this April 2, 2013 file picture Capuchin monkey 'Mally" sits on the head of an employee in an animal shelter in Munich, Germany.

FILE - In this April 2, 2013 file picture Capuchin monkey 'Mally" sits on the head of an employee in an animal shelter in Munich, Germany.

Justin Bieber will face a bill for thousands of euros for his pet monkey's two-month stay at an animal shelter since it was seized by German customs.

A spokesman for Munich's customs office said the teenage singer had until midnight last night to contact them, otherwise Mally (right) will be transferred to a permanent home at a zoo or animal park in Germany.

"If no further documents arrive, then the seizure order comes into effect and the animal becomes the property of the German state," customs spokesman Thomas Meister said.

The deadline fell after offices closed for a three-day holiday weekend in Germany.

Mally was seized by customs on March 28 when Bieber failed to produce vaccination and import papers after landing in Munich while on tour. The animal, now 20 weeks old, was quarantined and cared for at Munich's animal shelter, where manager Karl Heinz Joachim said Mally had fared well.

The shelter has criticised Bieber for keeping such a young monkey as a pet, saying it shouldn't have been taken away from its mother until it was a year old.

Experts say capuchin monkeys also need to be kept in groups.

"The best thing would be not to buy one at all, but if you do, buy five," said Joachim.

He said emails from Bieber's management to the animal shelter indicated the singer doesn't want the monkey any more.

Customs spokesman Meister said the cost of care, food and vet visits amounted to several thousand euros.

"You can bet we are going to ask for that money back," he said.

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