Bieber will have to pay for German monkey business

German officials say Justin Bieber will have to pay the bill for his monkey

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)

BERLIN (AP) — 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 capuchin monkey Mally is several thousand euros (dollars).

Customs spokesman Thomas Meister says Bieber has until midnight Friday to claim the monkey seized by authorities March 28 when the singer failed to produce its papers after landing in Munich on tour.

The shelter says his management company has asked that the 20-week-old monkey be placed in a zoo.

But customs has yet to receive a formal request for that from Bieber or an authorized representative.
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