By Jeremy Kinser
Originally published on Advocate.com April 03 2012 7:36 PM ET
To honor the 65th birthday of music legend Elton John, actress-animal rights activist Betty White has adopted a crocodile in his honor.
White and the Lifeline Program, a life settlement company that helps seniors discover a new financial option for retirement, adopted a Malayan gharial crocodile for the music legend to acknowledge his milestone birthday. The reptile will live in the Los Angeles Zoo as part of its just launched LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and Reptiles) program.
“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 says in a statement.
John, who had a number 1 hit in 1973 with "Crocodile Rock," has been a supporter of wildlife issues for many years, including the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association and the Morris Animal Foundation, which is another of White's favorite charities.