JUSTIN Bieber’s pet monkey has been taken into German state custody after the Canadian singer failed to meet a deadline to retrieve the capuchin.
Mally the Monkey was seized by German customs on March 28 when the pop star failed to produce required vaccination and import papers for the animal after landing in Munich.
He had until midnight on Friday to produce those documents.
Customs spokesman Thomas Meister said after offices opened following a holiday weekend that officials received no documents.
He said the customs authority would formally transfer ownership of the animal to the German state today.
Bieber will then have six weeks to contest the decision. It was not immediately clear when authorities will make a decision on the monkey’s permanent home.
Mally, a capuchin monkey, has been cared for at Munich’s animal shelter since being taken into quarantine.
Judith Brettmeister, spokesperson for the shelter, said: “The monkey belongs to Germany now.”
Brettmeister said that the planned outcome for Mally was to be housed with other monkeys.
She told AP: “We hope that it will be as soon as possible because the monkey needs to be integrated soon - it is becoming really strange because it only knows people so it has not learned any proper social behaviour.”
BIEBER AND HIS MONKEY: