Germany pets Justin Bieber's monkey

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14 May, 2013 Updated Tue 14 May 2013 06:59 CEST
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The pet monkey of Canadian teen heartthrob Justin Bieber will become the official property of Germany by the end of the week if the singer does not claim him.

Three months after custom agents in Munich seized the capuchin monkey because Bieber lacked the proper paperwork, Mally looks set to spend the rest of his days with a group of furry friends in a German zoo.

“The monkey will be integrated into a long-standing group of capuchin monkeys,” said Dietrich Jelden from the Federal Office for Environmental Protection (BfN).

Jelden said Bieber could end up being fined a five-digit sum for bringing the primate to Germany on his latest tour. That amount would also cover costs for taking care of Mally since at the end of March.

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“He’s growing and thriving,” said animal shelter spokeswoman Judith Brettmeister. “He’s gaining weight nicely and jumps around a lot.”

She said Mally now needed to learn monkey behaviour from other capuchins.

“It’s about time for him to join the company of other monkeys. Otherwise he’ll start to become strange,” Brettmeister.

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