Los Angeles: Grammy Award-winning singer Justin Bieber has been told by the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA) that he would be ‘irresponsible’ to get another monkey as a pet.
The ‘Sorry’ hitmaker previously had capuchin monkey OG Mally as his pet, but the animal was taken off him by officials when he travelled to Germany in March 2013 and put into quarantine.
Now, NAPSA has issued a statement urging Bieber, 21, to turn his attention to a different pet as he cannot provide the correct care a monkey needs to live, reports aceshowbiz.com.
“Please do not repeat this foolish endeavour. It is simply not possible to fulfil the unique needs of your monkey within a private home… It will prove dangerous to both you and your monkey, as well as irresponsible when it comes to your public following,” read the statement.
Recalling what happened when OG Mally was seized from him, Bieber said: “Everyone told me not to bring the monkey. Everybody told me not to bring the monkey. I was like, ‘It’s gonna be fine, guys!’ It was the farthest thing from fine.”
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“In Germany, that monkey’s endangered or something … but I had the papers. I even had it written out that he was a circus monkey and he could travel and all that s**t. I had all the right papers. Things get twisted,” he added.
Bieber was given until May 7, 2013 to produce the proper paperwork for his monkey, but after he failed to respond, German officials demanded $8,000 to cover the cost of relocating OG Mally to a zoo, and the creature now lives at the Serengeti Park in Copenhagen.