April 3, 2013 12:30

Justin Bieber criticised for 'abandoning' quarantined pet monkey in Germany

Singer has not checked on 14-week-old Mally since he was seized in Germany last week

Justin Bieber criticised for 'abandoning' quarantined pet monkey in Germany

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Justin Bieber has been criticised for "abandoning" his pet monkey after the animal was taken off him by German customs officers last week.

Bieber had attempted to get 14-week-old Mally into Germany but the monkey was seized when the pop star was unable to provide the correct paperwork needed for an animal to cross the border into the country. Mally has been left in quarantine with nobody from Bieber's camp checking on it for over a week as Bieber's world tour continues through Vienna, Berlin and Hamburg. The Sun reports that Mally is staying in a medical facility until it's proven it is free from illnesses such as rabies.

Kurt Grabenwoeger, a vet at the Munich shelter where Mally is staying, criticised Bieber for using his pet as a fashionable accessory. "These monkeys not only need to be with their mothers for at least a year, but they should also be surrounded by their family group. They are living creatures – not celebrity accessories like a handbag. He was snatched from his mother when he was around nine weeks old. That is much too early."

Grabenwoeger added: "He is clearly traumatised at being taken away from his family. We could not get him to eat until we gave him the cuddly toy he was clinging to when he was delivered to us. This obviously acts as a kind of surrogate parent. He keeps calling a lot for company – without his toy he won’t eat at all."

Mally will be placed in permanent care if he is left in care for four weeks. Meanwhile, Justin Bieber recently criticised the press for the way he is treated, saying that he is sick of having to keep the media happy.

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