It would appear Justin Bieber's beloved pet capuchin monkey, Mally, might need to brush up on her German, as it's looking like Munich will be her new home.
The 17-week-old monkey was seized on March 28 by German customs authorities after Bieber landed in Munich while on tour and could not produce the required paperwork needed for the animal.
German authorities allowed four weeks for Bieber, 19, to pick up Mally before they would begin exploring other options for the animal's permanent care, and now, it seems Camp Bieber has given up hope of ever getting her back.
On Tuesday, Judith Brettmeister, a spokeswoman for the Munich Animal Protection League shelter where the monkey is currently being held, told The Associated Press her office had received two emails from someone claiming to be with Bieber's management company.
The alleged Bieber representative asked that Mally be removed from the shelter, and instead, be placed in a zoo.
Brettmeister could not confirm whether the emails actually came from Bieber's management company, although "they appear to be."
The first email, Brettmeister said, asked how much time Bieber would have to provide the necessary paperwork before Mally would be euthanized. The shelter responded, explaining animals in German shelters were not euthanized.
The second email thanked the shelter and wrote, "Our team is looking into the idea of placing Mally at a zoo in Germany. Would you happen to have any recommendations for places that Mally would be safe and thrive? Again, we are very concerned that Mally is safe and placed in the best possible residence."
Bieber has until May 17 to provide Mally's necessary paperwork, according to customs spokesman Thomas Meister.
Otherwise, Meister said, the monkey will remain in the shelter until Bieber or someone with his power of attorney contacts them directly.
"If by May 17 there is nothing, then he loses ownership of the animal and it becomes the property of the Federal Republic of Germany," Meister said.
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