Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Bieber monkey situation ‘heartbreaking’

Justin Bieber

Although Justin Bieber has been granted an extension to get his seized monkey back from German officials, animal shelter employees implore the singer to release the animal to them for its wellbeing.

The 19-year-old pop star’s 16-week-old capuchin monkey Mally was seized weeks ago when he touched down in Germany on tour. Justin didn’t have the right paperwork to travel with the primate and now Mally is locked down in a shelter.

Capuchin monkeys normally spend at least one year bonding with their mother, but Mally was given to Justin at just nine to ten-weeks-old.

Apparently the animal is emotionally stunted and has been crying out to find other members of its family, which is “heartbreaking” to animal shelter boss Karl Heinz Joachim.

Although Justin is within full legal rights to get his monkey back, the drawn out administrative process may adversely impact Mally’s mental health and development.

“If that [admin] takes months then it's months that they have. But that just isn't acceptable for the baby monkey needs company and to be with other monkeys at this crucial age in its life,” Karl told British newspaper the Daily Mail.

“We'll appeal to the star to do the decent thing and let the monkey be free for adoption.

“There are a great many suitable places that have offered to take Mally and integrate him with their own capuchin monkeys where he would be much more happy with his own kind.

“A baby monkey is not something suitable to be on a world tour even if he is travelling by private jet.

“He should be out in the wild climbing trees and learning from other monkeys if he isn't to have serious psychological problems later in life.”

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