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Betty White National Zoo Event Sold Out, But There Is A Waiting List

Posted: 05/12/2012 10:36 am Updated: 05/13/2012 11:20 pm

WASHINGTON -- Are you a slowpoke RSVPer who's been hoping to see Betty White when she comes to the National Zoo next Friday?

Bad luck. Almost as soon as the zoo announced that slots were available to see the animal-loving, tap-dancing actress talk about her work with animals and sign her books (fellow animal lovers will be especially interested in "Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo"), the event filled up.

The 90-year-old actress, who endorsed President Obama on Saturday, is speaking at another sold-out engagement on Thursday. More tickets to that event may become available -- the Smithsonian says to call (202) 633-3030 or email CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org to get on the Betty White wait list.

And in case that doesn't pan out either, enjoy this poor substitute: A slideshow of Betty White with animals, mostly really cute dogs:

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  • Betty White With Animals

    Betty White attends Betty White fashion shoot for The Lifeline Program at Smashbox Bigbox on May 9, 2012 in Culver City, California.

  • Betty White With Animals

    Betty White attends Old Navy's kick off event in its nationwide search for a new canine mascot at Franklin Canyon Park on April 29, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California.

  • Betty White WIth Animals

    Betty shares personal stories about her cherished pets and unforgettable experiences with organizations that make the wonderful world of animals available to all.

  • Betty White With Animals

    Betty White Partners w. Morris Animal Foundation to Help Cure Canine Cancer

  • Betty White With Animals

    Actress/Author Betty White signs copies of her new book 'Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo' on December 19, 2011 in Santa Monica, California.

  • Betty White With Animals

    Betty White backstage at the 25th Anniversary Genesis Awards hosted by the Humane Society of the United States held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on March 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Betty White With Animals

    Betty White attends the opening of Pink's Hot Dogs and the unveiling of the Betty White 'Naked' Hot Dog at Pink's Universal CityWalk on April 19, 2010 in Universal City, California.

  • Betty White With Animals

    Betty White attends Old Navy's kick off event in its nationwide search for a new canine mascot at Franklin Canyon Park on April 29, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California.

  • Betty White With Animals

    Founder and director of the Wildlife Waystation Martine Collette, actresses Loretta Swit and Betty White pose for photos with a tiger cub during the 12th Annual Safari Brunch, a fundraiser for the Wildlife Waystation held at the Playboy Mansion on October 14, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California.

  • Betty White With Animals

    Betty White attends Old Navy's kick off event in its nationwide search for a new canine mascot at Franklin Canyon Park on April 29, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California.

  • Betty White With Animals

    Betty White sits with guide dog Edison in the green room at 'Actors and Others for Animals' Roast of Betty White at the Universal Hilton on March 12, 2005 in Universal City, California.

  • Betty White With Animals

    Betty White meets a puppy at the 9th annual 'Safari Brunch' at the Playboy Mansion to benefit the Wildlife Waystatio, Country's Premier wild Animal Refuge on October 18, 2003 in Bel Air, California.

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Filed by Arin Greenwood  |