Germany: Bieber pays bill for former pet monkey

August 15, 2014
FILE- In this May 31, 2013 file photo Canadian singer Justin Bieber's former pet the capuchin monkey named Mally stretches out its tongue in its quarantine room at the new home in an animal park near Hodenhagen, northern Germany, Friday, May 31, 2013. Mally was seized by German customs when the 19-year-old Canadian pop star failed to produce the required vaccination and import papers after landing in Munich for a European tour. German authorities say Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, that Bieber has paid up 8,000 euros (US dollar 10,700) he owed them after attempting to bring the pet monkey into the country last year without the necessary papers. (AP Photo/dpa, Holger Hollemann, File)

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say Justin Bieber has paid 8,000 euros ($10,700) he owed after attempting to bring a pet monkey into the country last year without the necessary papers.

Bieber failed to produce vaccination and import papers for Mally the monkey on arriving in Munich in March 2013, and the animal was seized by customs. Mally became the German government's property after the singer failed to claim his pet, and now lives at a zoo in northern Germany.

Franz Emde, a spokesman for the German Federal Nature Conservation Agency, said that Bieber this week paid a 2,100 euro fine for the monkey's import plus the costs of several weeks' care at an animal shelter.

Failure to pay could have put Bieber in legal difficulty if he traveled in the EU.