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Justin Bieber’s Pet Monkey Confiscated at German Airport

Justin Bieber’s Pet Monkey Confiscated at German Airport

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.

Wait, what?

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?


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5:35AM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

5:44PM PDT on May 21, 2013

The guy is an idiot, and the animal suffers for it.

10:41PM PDT on May 13, 2013

Is it even legal to keep a capuchin as a pet? I thought they were a protected species...

Then again, it wouldn't be the first time an arrogant celebrity thought he/she was too good to follow the rules.

2:25AM PDT on May 9, 2013

The monkey would be happier in his natural environment than following this idiot in his world tour

1:47AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Someone said that the Adults in Beiber's life should take responsibility for him having the monkey, excuse me Bieber is an adult his NINETEEN he needs to face the consequences of his actions, but of course he's 'famous' therefore he doesn't. ::sigh:: fame isn't an excuse for making bad decisions. If your in the position that alot of well known stars are you need to make the right choices seeing as your going to have hundreds of young people trying to copy you so do the right thing don't keep exotic animals as pets because others will try to do the same and end up getting hurt or hurting the animals because they don't have the financial resources to look after them.

3:15PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Blame the full grown adult manager that bought him the monkey & NOT JUSTIN. Also blame the full grown adults that are around him that are not setting his ass & ego straight when he falls into that narrsisstic way. Being in an enviornment that is like "a bubble" in the entertainment world can be confusing & hard to handle for even an adult, nevertheless a teenager. I am not saying that bad behavior is acceptable, I'm saying that those around him, insulating him from reality & in essence allowing & fostering this behavior are just as responsible. Also, in regards to the more reason to demand laws restricting sale/ownership of exotic animals...I know I have signed petitions for this on numerous occasions.

9:18PM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

Ask me if I care!

8:13AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

i'd love to own a wild animal! but i would never actually buy one because they are not meant to be pets!

8:31PM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Monkeys are not pets.

7:03PM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

how sad for that poor Monkey. when will people learn that animals are wild and need to be left there. The manager should also know how inmatrue that looser is and should have never given it to him.

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