BERLIN (AP) — Justin Bieber will face a bill for thousands of euros (dollars) for his pet monkey's two-month stay at an animal shelter since it was seized by German customs, officials said Friday as a deadline expired for him to reclaim the animal.
A spokesman for Munich's customs office said the teenage singer had until midnight Friday to contact them, otherwise capuchin monkey Mally will be transferred to a permanent home at a zoo or animal park elsewhere 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 told The Associated Press. The deadline fell after offices closed for a three-day holiday weekend in Germany, and it won't be clear before Tuesday whether the documents arrived.
Mally was seized by German customs March 28 when Bieber failed to produce required vaccination and import papers after landing in Munich while on tour.
The now 20-week-old animal was quarantined and cared for at Munich's animal shelter, where manager Karl Heinz Joachim said Mally had fared well and gained weight.
The shelter has criticized 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 as they are very sociable animals.
"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 anymore, but that the final decision would have to be made by German authorities.
"Our contact is the person that the monkey belongs to," said Meister, the customs office spokesman. "We've had contact with lots of people but none of them was an authorized representative."
Meister said the cost of care, food and vet visits at the Munich shelter amounted to several thousand euros (dollars).
"You can bet we are going to ask for that money back," he said.
The Beebs has Bubbles Part Deux?
Shades of MJ. Does the Beebs say a lot of crap about how he "loves" children? Are his low hanging pants hiding a diaper fetish?
[quote]"The best thing would be not to buy one at all, but if you do, buy five," said Joachim.
I like Joachim.
If Bieber had any sense he'd visit the shelter, thank them for caring for the monkey, then make a big donation.
But then if he had any sense, he wouldn't wear those clothes. What's the deal with him? Did he grow up ghetto?
I don't understand why people are mad at him for "abandoning" the monkey when this is what the animal welfare experts in Germany as well as PETA advised him would be best for the monkey's well-being. I agree it was dumb to have the monkey in the first place but at least he listened when it was explained to him keeping the monkey would be bad for him and did the right thing by leaving the monkey so he could be placed with others of his own kind.
I blame Justin's bad fashion choices on Jaden Smith who believes he is some kind of fashion guru and whose fashion choices Justin appears to copy. Latest is the bizarre long shorts over leggings. Yup Justin is now wearing the same thing.
Justin is wearing dropped-crotch pants. They aren't shorts over leggings. They are tight below the knee and have an extended, huge crotch area that makes it seem as if he's wearing a diaper under his pants. AFAIK, the style is called dropped-crotch.
Summoning the spirits of arch rivals Vanilla Ice AND MC Hammer.
How did a thread about his monkey turn into a fashion thread?
Actually, I blame the parents of the 8-12 year old girls of the USA. They are the ones financing this Bieber turd.
Sooner or later he'll be history a la Leif Garrett.
Some of his bodyguards are pretty hot, though.
NO R10, he did not listen to anything that was good for the monkey, only for himself.
Why then has he not returned the call himself like an adult? You know like an adult that owns a 90,000 electric sports car?
He is afraid it will rip his face off when it gets older so just like Micheal Jackson, he had to give it up.
But not as a responsible adult, just as a kid who got his dangerous toy taken away.