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Everything You Need To Know About Justin Bieber And His Monkey
Justin Bieber: Innocent victim of foreign bureacracy or deadbeat monkey dad? The singer's pet monkey is languishing in a German animal shelter. Here's what you need to know.
Bieber departed Los Angeles for Munich on Wednesday night to continue the European lag of his "Believe" tour. The singer brought his new pet OG Mally with him on the private jet to Germany.
Bieber and crew landed at Franz Josef Strauss Airport in Munich on Thursday morning and were detained by German customs when officials discovered the baby monkey aboard the jet.
OG Mally was taken into custody by authorities and quarantined when it was discovered that Bieber did not have the necessary documents required for bringing a live animal into the country.
The singer was forced to leave the animal in quarantine and departed the airport to perform a sold-out show in Munich's Olympiahalle.
After the concert, Bieber tweeted that he was leaving Munich for Vienna, Austria. He did not mention his quarantined baby monkey.
When Bieber failed to produce his pet's paperwork in a timely manner, German authorities transferred OG Mally from a customs holding pen to an animal shelter.
Two days later, as word of the singer's primate problems began to spread, Bieber posted two images of the monkey on Instagram, leading some news organizations to falsely report that he and OG Mally had been reunited.
The shelter where OG Mally is being held posted on its website that the animal is getting "a well-deserved rest" and chastised Bieber for prematurely separating the baby monkey from its mother.
The singer has four weeks to present the requisite documents and reclaim his pet, a customs spokesperson told AFP. "If no one comes forward, [the monkey] will be released for placement."
Beliebers worldwide are reacting to their idol's ongoing symian saga in different ways. Some are infuriated by even the IDEA that a country would separate a boy from his monkey (public health concerns be damned).
A few Beliebers don't understand how international customs regulations work.
And then there are THESE fans...
Jamal "Mally Mall" Rashid, the monkey's original owner, posted about the animal's fate and encouraged fans to tweet the hashtag #FreeOGMallyBieber.
Bieber's tour management team contacted the shelter Wednesday for further information on what forms must be produced to claim the monkey, according to a German news agency.
Bieber has 13 more "Believe" tour dates in Europe. He'll depart the E.U. on April 30th, approximately the same date by which he must retrieve his pet. The singer's rep did not return a request for comment.
German reporters were allowed into the shelter Tuesday to obtain footage and images of the famous monkey in quarantine. He's pretty adorable.