Justin Bieber given four weeks to pick up quarantined pet monkey

Justin Bieber visits "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center on Feb. 5, 2013, in New York. Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Authorities in Germany have given Justin Bieber four weeks to pick up his pet monkey he had to leave in quarantine, or else it will be placed in permanent care.

Capuchin monkey "Mally" sits on the head of an employee in an animal shelter in Munich, Germany, on April 2, 2013.
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The capuchin monkey was seized by German customs last week when the 19-year-old singer failed to produce the necessary customs documents after landing in Munich.

Reporters from around the world have besieged the city animal shelter where the monkey, named Mally, is held.

The shelter said in a statement Tuesday that the 14-week-old animal shouldn't have been taken away from its mother until it was a year old.

"If he doesn't (present the papers), Mally will be taken to a good animal shelter that has experience rearing groups of young capuchin monkeys and can ensure disoriented Mally becomes a healthy little capuchin," the shelter added, according to Reuters.

German media report that several zoos have offered to give the monkey a home if the Canadian singer doesn't reclaim it in time.

A Bieber representative did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

Bieber was in Munich to give a concert and has since continued on the European leg of his tour, which made a stop in Vienna and is now back in Germany this week.

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