Justin Bieber wants his pet monkey to housed in a zoo

The 19-year-old singer's animal pal Mally was seized by customs in Berlin, Germany, in March when he tried to sneak it into the country without the correct papers.

Justin had a deadline of May 17 to arrange for Mally's collection but rather than fighting for his furry friend to be released, the pop star has asked his manager Scooter Braun to request the animal centre which has been caring for the creature to find him a new home in a zoo or shelter.

Karl Heinz Joachim, the boss of the animal centre where the monkey is staying, insists it is imperative Mally is found a new home quickly because there are no other monkeys to keep him company at the centre.

Joachim said: ''There are a great many suitable places that have offered to take Mally and integrate him with their own Capuchin monkeys where he would be much more happy with his own kind.

''A baby monkey was never going to be suited to be on a world tour even if he is travelling by private jet. He should be out in the wild climbing tress and learning from other monkeys if he isn't to have serious psychological problems later in life.''

Justin - who is rumoured to have rekindled his romance with Selena Gomez - could also face prosecution in the country because of his actions, with a fine of over £10,000.

The Canadian star was very ''fond'' of Mally when he first adopted him, taking the monkey everywhere with him before the animal was seized - sharing a similar relationship as the late Michael Jackson did with his chimpanzee Bubbles.