Germany’s Beliebers manage monkey business

“Tamarin Eating” by James Barker

Unless Justin Bieber organizes both paperwork and funds within the next few days, his (former) pet capuchin monkey, Mally, will become the property of the German state and will live out the rest of his life in a German zoo.

The creature was confiscated after Bieber arrived in Germany in March as part of his tour because the singer did not have the correct paperwork to import him.  Since then he has been living happily at an animal shelter, where he has been growing up and becoming more active.  If the singer does not retrieve him, he’ll be integrated into an existing group of his fellow capuchin monkeys where he’ll learn typical monkey behaviour.  At the moment, it’s unclear where specifically he will go or if his new home will make visitors aware of his celebrity past.

Bieber’s case shows both the relative ease with which pets can be transported between countries these days and the importance of making sure that they have all the required documentation.  Many countries, including Australia, are perfectly happy for new arrivals to bring their family pets with them, as long as they can demonstrate that the animals are healthy and will not bring any serious illnesses with them.  Using the services of an experienced German NAATI translator, can help make the process go more smoothly.