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Betty White Honors Elton John's Birthday By Adopting Crocodile In Singer's Name

04/04/2012 02:26 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

There are perhaps few gifts as befitting the man who once crooned "Crocodile Rock" than a crocodile.

Perhaps that hit song is what partly inspired Betty White to adopt a crocodile for Elton John's 65th birthday last week. The "Golden Girls" star and renowned animal activist teamed up with The Lifeline Program to adopt the reptile on the Rocket Man's behalf from the Los Angeles Zoo.

John, who has also been a supporter of wildlife issues for years, will now become the proud "parent" of a Malayan gharial crocodile, who lives at the zoo's LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and Reptiles) exhibit. "Elton has been a wonderful advocate for animals and wildlife issues, so we decided to honor him by adopting a crocodile on his behalf at The Los Angeles Zoo," White said in a statement.

Stephen Terrell, senior vice president of The Lifeline Program, echoed those sentiments. "We wanted to find a way to keep up the fun and help a good cause that is dear to both of them."

As it turns out, White got an extra special surprise in honor of her 90th birthday this year: the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which spearheads the "Adopt an Animal Program," named the Los Angeles Zoo's new baby Bornean orangutan after White's "Hot in Cleveland" character, Elka, according to LAist.

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