Leslie Ann Mandel, former president of The Rich List and wife of the late Arthur Herzog, was very concerned that her 32 cockatiels would not be properly cared for after she passed away. To avoid this tragedy, she left detailed instructions in her will on how to care for them, and it included naming her son as the trustee of a $100k fund set aside for the birds.
Mandel died back in June, and her will states “It is my wish that the birds be fed and the building cleaned each Monday and Thursday and their food shall be purchased from Avi-Cakes, carrots, water and popcorn.” A bag of Avi-Cakes bird feed apparently goes for $115.
Her dog, Frosty, and cat, Kiki also get to share in the trust fund, but they don’t have fancy instructions like the birds do. Mandel wants the birds to stay in their current aviary or “a protected place of similar size and dimension, made of the same materials, without a cage, for the rest of their natural lives.”
And now, for the real reason I posted this in the first place, here are the names of all of Mandel’s birds, ranked:
Zack 12 (what happened to Zacks 1-11?)
Blackie (is this racist? I don’t know, but I’ve never seen a black cockatiel)
Victory (assuming this is an Apocalypse Now reference)
Pigeon (that’s a different bird, silly!)
Cubby (there’s a place near me called Cubby’s that makes a mean pulled pork sandwich)
Avis (like, the car rental company?)
Inky (the blue ghost from Pac-Man!)
Dart (this is a dog’s name)
Ruthie (never allowed to be separated from Baby)
Eva (fun fact: I hated the movie Wall-E)
[h/t NY Post | Image: PicPicX]