Germany To Justin: The Monkey Is Ours

BERLIN (May 21, 2013)--Justin Bieber's pet monkey is about to become the property of Germany.

German customs officials seized Mally the Monkey on March 28 after Bieber failed to produce required vaccination and import papers for the animal when he arrived in Munich.

He had until midnight Friday to produce those documents.

Customs spokesman Thomas Meister said that when offices opened after a holiday weekend the documents had not been received.

He said the customs authority will formally transfer ownership of the animal to the German state today.

Bieber will then have six weeks to contest the decision.

It wasn't 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 it was taken into quarantine.

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