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US millionaire bequeaths 100,000 dollar fund to 32 cockatiels

Published 05/09/2015 | 20:24

A New York woman has left thousands of dollars to her pet cockatiels. (AP)
A New York woman has left thousands of dollars to her pet cockatiels. (AP)
A New York woman has left thousands of dollars to her pet cockatiels

A New York millionaire who died this summer has bequeathed a 100,000 dollar (£66,000) trust fund to care for her 32 pet cockatiels.

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The New York Post reported that Leslie Ann Mandel's will asks that the small parrots continue living in an aviary at her four million dollar (£2.6m) East Hampton home.

The will names each bird, from Margie and Nicki to Zara and Zack 12.

With Ms Mandel's stepson as trustee, the fund also will care for a cat named Kiki and a rescue dog named Frosty.

Mandel ran a fundraising firm and amassed a 5.3 million dollar (£3.5m) fortune. She died in June aged 69.

Other wills also have provided for pets. Hotel magnate Leona Helmsley left 12 million dollars (£8m) to her dog, Trouble, but a judge trimmed the bequest to 2 million dollars (£1.3m).

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