San Antonio zoo thanks Betty White for being friend to animals

SAN ANTONIO — As actress Betty White celebrated her 99th birthday on Sunday, San Antonio Zoo had a message for the beloved “Golden Girl.”

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White told “Entertainment Tonight” last week that to celebrate, she would work on getting her 1971 television show “The Pet Set” re-released and would feed the two ducks “who come to visit me every day.”

In response, the zoo posted a photo on social media with a sign in front of the elephant exhibit that read, “Thank you for being a friend to animals and zoos.”

“From our Golden Girls and all of us at San Antonio Zoo to the OG Golden Girl Betty White, HAPPY 99th BIRTHDAY,” the zoo wrote.

The Pet Set” was White’s show that co-starred her husband, game-show host Allen Ludden, who also produced the series. The show, which had 31 episodes, included appearances by such stars as Vincent Price, Andy Williams, Bob Crane, Rod Serling, Jim Nabors, Doris Day, Della Reese, Mike Connors and others.

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The show will be re-released digitally and on DVD on Feb. 23, in time for the show’s 50th anniversary, “Today” reported.

White won five Emmy Awards and was nominated 21 times as she starred in some of television’s most iconic series, including the roles of Sue Ann Nivens in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and Rose Nylund in “The Golden Girls.”

“I am blessed with good health,” White told People. “So turning 99 is no different than turning 98.”

The zoo ended its tribute to White with an invitation to visit the Texas facility, noting that when it was safe again to travel, “you always have an open invitation to pay our ducks a visit.”

“All our ducks are in a row, so drop by anytime,” the zoo wrote.

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