Iconic "Golden Girl" Betty White celebrated her 91st birthday Thursday with what some might consider an unusual gift: Jacob the snake.
In honor of her milestone day, the Lifeline Program, a company dedicated to life-settlement specialists for which she is a spokesperson, adopted a red-tailed boa from the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens in her name. White has worked with the zoo as an ambassador for more than 50 year.
"Jacob the boa constrictor is good as gold and cuddles in my arms and around my neck," White said in a statement.
White and Jacob first met on the set of her 2011 debut music video, "I'm Still Hot," which garnered 2 million hits on YouTube and multiple marketing and video awards, including a MarCom Platinum Award, a Silver Telly Award, a Communicator Award of Excellence, and a finalist nomination for a Digiday Video Award.
A longtime animal lover, White said on her Huffington Post blog
that her birthday wish this year is to raise $10,000 for Morris Animal Foundation.
"Animals are near and dear to my heart, and I've devoted my life to trying to improve their lives," she wrote. "Since a girl like me already has more than I could hope for, I'm asking fellow animal lovers for a special birthday gift this year. If you love animals like I do, please make a gift to Morris Animal Foundation today."
Though her claim to fame was playing Rose Nylund on "The Golden Girls," White has since paved the way for contemporary comediennes like Tina Fey and Kristen Wiig, and she doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.
"Retirement is not in my vocabulary," White told USA Today in 2010. "They aren't going to get rid of me that way."
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