April 26, 2012
The Aquarium’s rescued baby sea otter will be named Betty in honor of friend and long-time supporter Betty White. With this naming, the Aquarium is recognizing White for all she has done for the Aquarium and for animals everywhere, as well as commemorating her ninetieth birthday.
The female otter pup was found separated from her mother in Northern California and arrived at the Aquarium in March. Aquarium staff members have been working around the clock to care for and feed the pup. She will remain behind the scenes until she is large enough to join the Aquarium’s other otters on public exhibit.
White’s support was instrumental in the Aquarium’s 2011 year-end fundraising campaign. With her support, the Aquarium raised more money at year-end than it had in the previous five years. The Aquarium was also fortunate to attract a challenge grant contributor. Due to both White’s kindness and the generosity of the anonymous donor, the Aquarium was able to double each dollar raised.