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5/17/2013 5:41pm EDT

Justin Bieber

German officials say Justin Bieber is facing a massive bill from an animal sanctuary for looking after his pet monkey while he was on tour.

In March, the international pop superstar was forced to hand over Mally the capuchin to customs officials in Munich, Germany after failing to secure permission to take the primate into the country.

Earlier this month it emerged Bieber has decided not to reclaim his odd pet and to allow it to be re-housed at a German zoo instead - but he is still facing a huge bill for Mally's care.

A spokesman for the customs department in Munich tells Billboard.com the cost of food and veterinary care for the monkey runs into thousands of dollars.

A deadline for Bieber to collect the pet expires on Friday.

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