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Justin Bieber gives up his monkey

Pop star decides to let his pet monkey find a more suitable home.
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Patrick Pentland, April 24, 2013 11:53:07 AM

Justin Bieber has lost his monkey, and doesn’t want it back. The “Baby” singer had his young capuchin monkey seized by German customs officials on March 28 after he tried to bring it into the country on his private jet. The animal has been in quarantine ever since.

Now Bieber’s management company have reached out to the German officials, asking that they find a “safe and sheltered place, or a zoo,” for the animal. The monkey, named Mally, was given to the singer by producer Jamal ‘Mally Mal’ Rashid. It is unclear as to whether a pet monkey was on his wish list, but I’m betting Justin would have preferred an iTunes gift card.

Now Bieber seems to have bowed to pressure from animal welfare experts to “do the right thing” and release the animal into a suitable environment.

“A baby monkey was never going to be suited to be on a world tour even if he is travelling by private jet,” Munich clinic’s Karl Heinz Joachim said in an interview with Britain’s Daily Mail. “He should be out in the wild climbing trees and learning from other monkeys if he isn’t to have serious psychological problems later in life. We have to discuss now the way forward with customs officials and other responsible departments.”

Mally was given to Bieber when he was just 10 weeks old, but capuchin monkeys spend a year bonding with their mothers. Reports say that the monkey is in distress, trying to find others of it’s kind.

In the meantime, Bieber is still on tour in Europe. He has recently been spotted travelling with his on-again off-again girlfriend, Selena Gomez.

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