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Betty White evacuated animals for Katrina

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In addition to saying new working hours for the upcoming months for the Audubon Zoo and Aquarium, the Institute took to Twitter to substantiate a somewhat exceptional story about late actress, Betty

Photo through Monterey Bay Aquarium Facebook web page

White. In 2005, when the penguins and sea otters had been being evacuated as a result of Hurricane Katrina, the Hollywood star of Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, anonymously donated $70,000 to the aquarium to move the animals to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The animal lover was a loyal supporter of the Aquarium from its beginnings, contributing to the Pebble Beach-area group’s many packages to encourage ocean conservation.

Yesterday Audubon Aquarium tweeted in response to her passing on the age of 99: “We lost a conservationist, animal advocate, and friend. When the penguins & sea otters were evacuated to
[Monterey Aquarium] for Hurricane Katrina, Betty White paid for the plane to relocate them. She did not ask for fanfare; she just wanted to help.” In true Golden Girls type, they added with a coronary heart, “Thank you for being a friend.”