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) — Justin Bieber's pet monkey is set to become the property of Germany.
Mally the Monkey was seized by German customs March 28 when Bieber failed to produce required vaccination and import papers for the animal after landing in Munich. He had until midnight Friday to produce those documents.
Customs spokesman Thomas Meister said after offices opened following a holiday weekend that officials received no documents. He said the customs authority will formally transfer ownership of the animal to the German state on Tuesday.
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 being taken into quarantine.
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