An elderly woman has decided to leave her $2.8 million fortune to her pets, claiming they’ve been her only comfort in her old age.
The woman from Shanghai, known only as Ms Liu, cut her three children out of her will because they didn’t visit or care for her, according to The South China Morning Post.
Originally, Ms Liu had planned to leave her wealth to her children, but changed her mind due to their lack of contact.
In her updated will, she insists all her money must be used to look after her pets and any future offspring, with a local vet clinic appointed to manage her inheritance and care for the animals.
She wanted to leave all her money directly to her pets, but that’s not allowed in China, Chen Kai, an official from the Will Registration Centre headquarters in Beijing told The South China Morning Post.
“However, there are alternatives to solve this issue,” Kai said.
“Liu’s current will is one way and we would have advised her to appoint a person she trusts to supervise the vet clinic to ensure the pets are properly cared for.”
An official warned Ms Liu about the risks of giving all her cash to the vet clinic.
“We told Auntie Liu that if her children change their attitude towards her, she could always alter her will again,” they said.
The story has sparked a lot of online debate in China.