May 18, 2013


Justin Bieber Slapped with Hefty Fine for Abandoning Pet Monkey

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For all of you who have been waiting with bated breath for an update on Justin Bieber Monkeygate, today is your lucky day. (But not such a lucky day for the Biebs.)

According the the LA Times, The "Beauty and the Beat" singer currently owes several thousand euros for the care of his capuchin monkey after it was seized March 28th by custom's agents in Germany. Biebs' bill will include payment for all food, care and vet visits incurred since March.

The monkey, named Mally, was taken when Bieber was unable to show the proper paperwork for his cute little friend after flying into the country on his private jet. Weeks later the Munich shelter that had the (originally 14-week-old) primate called out Justin for abandoning the monkey.

Kurt Grabenwoeger, a vet for the shelter, said:

"These monkeys not only need to be with their mothers for at least a year, but they should also be surrounded by their family group. They are living creatures – not celebrity accessories like a handbag.”

Bieber had until midnight yesterday to pick up the cute little critter. But e-mails from Bieber's camp indicated that the singer no longer wanted poor little Mally and asked that he be placed in a zoo.

Fearing that a zoo may use the little guy for publicity, the shelter now caring for Mally insists that only a rescue facility or an organization that caters to primates will do for their furry celebrity.

Well, good news for you Biebs – looks like Mally is no longer your problem. Customs spokesman Thomas Meister told the AP, "If no further documents arrive then the seizure order comes into effect and the animal becomes the property of the German state."

But German customs are not your biggest fans, Justin, and Meister also had this to say:

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