The world's most famous monkey (at least for the month of April) may soon be calling Germany home.
Mally, a baby capuchin, made headlines earlier this month after she was taken from Justin Bieber and placed in quarantine upon arriving via private jet with the pop star. Turns out the 19-year-old had failed to consider that bringing a monkey into the country required certain documents. Mally was placed in a Munich animal shelter, Bieber went out on a European tour, and everyone else watched to see if he'd care.
Turns out - not so much.
Naturally, there's been plenty of outcry as to why Bieber, who has a history of poor judgement with pets, would even have the pet capuchin. But that's since been overshadowed by his lackadaisical reaction to being parted with the animal.
"Monkeys are not pets. Separating a capuchin monkey from his fellow monkeys and raising him at home is not right for this type of animal," Laura Zimprich, spokeswoman for the German organization Animal Public told E!. "The animal will develop serious behavioral disorders. Mally is only 14 weeks old. To separate him from his mom and to take him on tour as a living stuffed toy can only be characterized as animal cruelty."
German officials initially gave Bieber four weeks to claim the animal before it would be permanently seized - a deadline that was extended to May 17th after someone from his management team finally contacted the shelter. Now, however, and much to the delight of animal advocates, it appears that Mally may actually find herself with a proper home.
Judith Brettmeister, a spokeswoman for the Munich Animal Protection League shelter where Mally is currently being held, told The Associated Press her office had received two emails from Bieber's manager Scotter Braun. The first asked how long the management team had to produce the necessary paperwork before the monkey was euthanized (The shelter wrote back to explain that they do not euthanize animals in Germany), while the second acknowledged a need to find the monkey a new home.
“Our team is looking into the idea of placing Mally at a zoo in Germany," writes Braun. "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.”
Despite this correspondence, custom officials reiterated to the AP that they have still received no official instructions from the pop star or his management. "If by 17 May there is nothing, then he loses ownership of the animal and it becomes the property of the Federal Republic of Germany," Thomas Meister said.
Regardless, Bieber will still have to pay a fine relating to the quarantine, as well as reimburse the animal shelter for Mally's care.
"The baby monkey needs company and to be with other monkeys at this crucial age in its life," shelter boss Karl Heinz Joachim told the Daily Mail. "[He] was never going to be suited to be on a world tour, even if he is traveling by private jet. He should be out in the wild climbing trees."