Oh monkey, where art thou?
You may recall the international drama that unfurled when Justin Bieber's pet monkey was confiscated at a German airport in March. Maybe you don't. Maybe you were doing something more important with your life.
But surely, now, you are concerned for this monkey's fate.
OB Mally, or Mally, for short, spent a short but glorious time as Bieber's pet Capuchin monkey. According to National Geographic, keeping a pet monkey of any kind is a gamble, as they can be prone to displays of aggression and sometimes carry exotic diseases. But when you are a young international superstar, these are trivial concerns. And monkeys look super-cute in Instagram photos.
However, the relationship was not to be, and the animal was seized by a customs official and giant meanie-pants after Bieber and his crew couldn't provide the right documentation.
Fans of Bieber (and monkeys, presumably) poured out their concern on Twitter, and for a moment it looked as if Bieber could get his monkey back. German officials told him he had until May 7 to provide the correct documentation, and Mally would be returned. Bieber missed the deadline, and Mally officially became German property.
Now, the little guy is living it up at a German wildlife refuge. The Serengeti Park welcomed its newest little star into an existing group of Capuchins, and although the monkey couldn't be reached for comment, it seems pretty content with its new surroundings.
As if the loss of the monkey's companionship wasn't traumatic enough, the German government also wants Bieber to pay up for all the trouble they had to go through to get Mally in a safe place. The damage? $8,000 for vaccinations, re-homing fees and the like. If the pop star doesn't pay, he could risk being denied entry into the country.
When it comes to monkeys, Germany clearly does not mess around.