Audubon Nature Institute thanks Betty White ‘for being a friend’ after Katrina


NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — Beloved actress Betty White died on Friday, simply a bit greater than two weeks away from her one centesimal birthday on Jan. 17. Tributes have continued to ring out lengthy after the previous ‘Golden Girls’ star handed away.

One notable present of appreciation for the comedic icon and pioneer, whose profession spanned greater than seven many years, was from New Orleans’ personal Audubon Nature Institute.

Hours after her passing, the Institute took to Twitter to verify a rumor of White’s involvement within the rescue of animals from the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans following the devastation brought on by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

The tweet learn:

We misplaced a conservationist, animal advocate, and buddy. When the penguins & sea otters had been evacuated to @MontereyAq for Hurricane Katrina, Betty White paid for the aircraft to relocate them. She didn’t ask for fanfare; she simply wished to assist. #ThankYouForBeingAFriend


A spokesperson from the Audubon Nature Institute instructed WGNO that White helped constitution a aircraft used to move displaced penguins and sea otters to their short-term house on the Monterey Bay Aquarium after floodwaters swamped town and left the aquarium darkish and stifling.

The institute couldn’t reveal the quantity White donated, however did affirm the eight-time Emmy Award winner and 2005 Television Hall-of-Famer was the first monetary contributor.

According to a tweet from Tom Dyer, a former worker on the Aquarium of the Americas for 21 years who claims he flew with an aquarium veterinarian on the aircraft, the pilot revealed that the price of the flight that took 19 penguins and two sea otters to California was about $70,000.