x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Bieber will have to pay for his monkey business in Germany

German officials set a deadline for the Canadian singer to claim the monkey, as customs says the cost of care, food and vet visits for capuchin monkey Mally is several thousand euros.

BERLIN // German officials say Justin Bieber will have to foot the bill for his monkey's two month stay at a Munich animal shelter.

A spokesman for Munich's customs office said the cost of care, food and vet visits for capuchin monkey Mally is several thousand euros.

Customs spokesman Thomas Meister said Mr Bieber has until midnight tonight 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 said 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 Mr Bieber or an authorised representative.