Bieber-monkey could spend months in quarantine, warns animal expert

Monkey experts worry that separation from other animals could affect animal's mental health

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Justin Bieber has been criticised again after it was revealed that the administrative process to get his pet monkey out of quarantine could take months.

Bieber's monkey, named Mally, is in customs on the German border after the teen pop star attempted to get the animal into the country without the correct legal documentation. It was reported that customs would look after the monkey for four weeks before placing it into care but it has subsequently transpired that as long as the administrative process is ongoing the pet will be kept in quarantine and kept away from other monkeys.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, animal shelter boss Karl Heinz Joachim said that being separated from other Capuchin monkeys 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," Joachim said. "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."

Kurt Grabenwoeger, a vet at the Munich shelter where Mally is staying, previously 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."

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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