White’s wild zoo story

Ball honors 88-year-old actress

The tasting stations at Saturday night’s 40th annual Beastly Ball included every restaurant from Yamashiro to Maison Akira. But leave it to good old Pink’s to get it right when it advertised the Betty White Naked Dog as “a hot dog in a bun with absolutely nothing on it.”

Hollywood’s favorite 88-year-old thesp was being honored by the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Griffith Park, and as the town’s most ardent animal lover said, “Elephants love to have their tongues slapped. It doesn’t work as well on fellas.”

White said she found the honor something of an inside job since she’s been a member of the zoo family for so long. “That’s incest!” she told the powers-that-be, who reportedly replied, “What’s wrong with incest?”

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