NYC Cockatiels Inherit $100K

The deceased millionaire's birds are set
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2015 5:30 PM CDT
A couple of common, poor cockatiels. Why don't they pull themselves up by their bootstraps?   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Look out, high society: 32 cockatiels currently living in a private New York City aviary just came into quite a bit of money. The New York Post reports millionaire Leslie Mandel, who died in June, left $100,000 to her 32 pet cockatiels with explicit instructions on how to care for the birds. Port, Zippy, Zack 12, Cubby, Pumpkin, Tundra, Dragon, and the rest are to remain living in their East Hampton aviary or an exact replication of it. Furthermore, the will specifies a twice-weekly cleaning schedule and strict diet for the cockatiels. But there's a catch: The birds have to share the money with Mandel's dog and cat (of whose care she was far less specific), the Post reports. Stepson Matthew will oversee the pet fund. (Read more cockatiel stories.)

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