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FILE - In this April 2, 2013 file picture Capuchin monkey 'Mally" sits on the head of an employee in an animal  shelter in Munich, Germany. German officials say Justin Bieber will have to pay the bill for his monkey’s two month stay at a Munich animal shelter. A spokesman for Munich’s customs office says the cost of care, food and vet visits for  Mally is several thousand euros (dollars).That’s, of course, what you might call “chimp change” for the global superstar. Customs spokesman Thomas Meister says Bieber has until midnight Friday May 17, 2013  to claim the monkey seized by authorities March 28 when the singer failed to produce its papers after landing in Munich on tour. Bieber’s management company has asked the shelter to place the 20-week-old monkey in a zoo but hasn’t talked with customs. If not claimed, Mally becomes German government property and will likely go to a zoo in any case.  (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader,File)
FILE - In this April 2, 2013 file picture Capuchin monkey 'Mally" sits on the head of an employee in an animal shelter in Munich, Germany. German officials say Justin Bieber will have to pay the bill for his monkey’s two month stay at a Munich animal shelter. A spokesman for Munich’s customs office says the cost of care, food and vet visits for Mally is several thousand euros (dollars).That’s, of course, what you might call “chimp change” for the global superstar. Customs spokesman Thomas Meister says Bieber has until midnight Friday May 17, 2013 to claim the monkey seized by authorities March 28 when the singer failed to produce its papers after landing in Munich on tour. Bieber’s management company has asked the shelter to place the 20-week-old monkey in a zoo but hasn’t talked with customs. If not claimed, Mally becomes German government property and will likely go to a zoo in any case. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader,File)
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(AP) Justin Bieber's pet monkey is no longer his.


The capuchin monkey named Mally was seized by German customs on March 28 when the 19-year-old Canadian pop star failed to produce the required vaccination and import papers after landing in Munich for a European tour.


Authorities issued an order Tuesday transferring ownership of the animal to Germany after Bieber missed a deadline to send the documents, customs spokesman Thomas Meister said.


Bieber has six weeks to contest the decision.


Mally, now 20 weeks old, was being cared for at Munich's animal shelter. He has fared well and gained weight and even got a visit Tuesday from Germany's environment minister.


"We are going to make sure that Mally can grow up appropriately for its species," said minister Peter Altmaier.


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, not alone.


"Monkeys are very sociable animals," Altmaier added. "That's why we're going to take Mally to a place where he can live safely and in the company of others."


Germany's Federal Agency for Nature Conservation said the monkey would be sent to a German zoo but officials declined to say exactly where to avoid security problems.


Meister said a bill for Mally's care which he estimated at several thousand euros (dollars) would be sent to Bieber.


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