In her will, the late Leslie Ann Mandel, an entrepreneur who lived in Manhattan, left $100,000, with instructions, to her 32 cockatiels. Her will asks that the birds continue to live in the style to which they have become accustomed: an aviary at her $4 million East Hampton home.
Mandel made her millions with her direct mailing “rich list,” the New York Post reports. She was married to sci-fi author Arthur Herzog, whose son, Matthew, Mandel named as trustee of the pet fund. Mandel died in June at the age of 69.
Mandel is not the first rich eccentric to leave money for their pets: hotel magnate Leona Helmsley bequeathed $12 million to her dog, Trouble, the Associated Press reports, although a judge later reduced the number to $2 million.
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If the birds have to leave East Hampton, Mandel dictated that they can be moved to “a protected place of similar size and dimension, made of the same materials, without a cage, for the rest of their natural lives.”
Also, the cockatiels are to share their $100,000 with her dog, Frosty, and her cat, Kiki.