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LA Zoo's baby orangutan named 'Elka' after Betty White's TV character

Betty White celebrated her 90th birthday in January with a party at the L.A. Zoo.

February 8, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Actress Betty White received a special gift for her birthday. She's now uniquely connected to a baby orangutan at the Los Angeles Zoo.

The zoo's baby orangutan was named "Elka" after White's character on the TV show "Hot in Cleveland." The naming is part of a month-long celebration of White's 90th birthday.

White is co-chairman of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. One of the organizers said they chose to name the orangutan after White's character because they're both so adorable and cuddly.

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