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Aretha Franklin Receives Special Birthday Gift from Betty White

Image courtesy of Aretha's Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Aretha's Records (via ABC News Radio)

TV legend Betty White is helping Aretha Franklin celebrate her upcoming 71st birthday with a unique gift.  The beloved 91-year-old actress has shown her R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the Queen of Soul by adopting a Lady Amherst's pheasant in Franklin's name in conjunction with the Los Angeles Zoo Association's Adopt an Animal Program.

"I would like to thank such an icon and American favorite like Betty White for sponsoring a beautiful pheasant in my honor," says Aretha in a statement.  "What beautiful colors!"

The adoption of the pheasant was sponsored by The Lifeline Program, a life insurance settlement company for which White serves as a spokesperson.

"We're honored to work with Betty and contribute to Aretha's showy birthday surprise!" says Lifeline executive Stephen Terrell .  Franklin's birthday takes place this Monday.

Meanwhile, Aretha currently has three upcoming concerts on her tour itinerary, according to Pollstar .  The shows take place this Wednesday at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York; March 30 at Prudential Hall in Newark, New Jersey; and April 12 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

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