Love him or hate him, Justin Beiber is a pop icon. Millions of teens and tweens around the world canít get enough of him. And at just 19 years old, he’s released three albums (two platinum), had multiple world tours, is followed by over 35 million Beliebers on Twitter and owns a 14-month-old capuchin monkey.
Yes, young Mr. Bieber was reportedly given a pet capuchin monkey by his manager Scooter Braun. The monkey, named Mally, was confiscated at Munich airport on Thursday March 28 while the pop icon was traveling for his tour of Germany and Australia. The German Customs Office seized the monkey because Bieber was unable to present the required forms, which state†the monkey’s origin and vaccination records,†for importing a live animal.
“Justin Bieber brought his monkey to Germany, but had no official paperwork with him,” said airport spokesman Thomas Meister. “We were forced to confiscate the animal.”
Bieber will reportedly be charged with a fine, which could be as high as $17,000, and he will have to pay the costs of the quarantine. He has four weeks to present the documentation to authorities and claim Mally.
Beiber has had a string of bad publicity in recent weeks, including being booed for showing up late for a London performance and being incredibly ungracious when not being nominated for a Grammy.
That and a long list of other bad behavior has put him in good company with countless other pop/rock stars who go through the overindulgent and narcissistic period, which usually ends in crash and burn fashion. So it’s only logical that he’s now going through his “get your pet monkey confiscated in Germany” phase.
Pet Monkeys Are a Bad Idea
Taking a monkey as a pet is irresponsible. Monkeys are cute and filled with personality, but that doesnít make them good pets.
“If you try to keep them as pets you’re creating a mentally disturbed animal in 99.9 percent of the cases,” veterinarian Kevin Wright told National Geographic in 2003, when he was director of conservation, science and sanctuary at the Phoenix Zoo in Arizona. “The animal will never be able to fit in any other home. Never learn how to get along with other monkeys. And, more often than not, will end up with a lot of behavioral traits that are self-destructive.”
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it Justin?