Bieber Owes Thousands for Monkey Vet Bills

Mally now officially the property of the German state
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2013 2:51 PM CDT
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...   (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader,File)

(Newser) – Justin Bieber has now officially ditched his pet monkey in Germany—but he still owes several thousand in vet bills, food and care for the abandoned primate, the AP reports. "You can bet we are going to ask for that money back," says a German customs spokesperson. Bieber had until yesterday to reclaim Mally, the now-20-week-old capuchin monkey seized by customs in March. It is now the property of the German state. (Read more Justin Bieber stories.)

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