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Cross-eyed opossum wins legions of fans

The Local · 7 Jan 2011, 07:43

Published: 07 Jan 2011 07:43 GMT+01:00

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Heidi racked up 5,000 new fans on Thursday alone. The Facebook page, called “Heidi, the cross-eyed Opossum,” features a photo of the squint-gazed marsupial and countless gushing comments revolving around her adorableness.

Heidi was born in North Carolina in May 2008 and was recently moved to Leipzig after a brief stay in Denmark. She suffers either from a simple abnormality of misaligned eyeballs or fatty deposits behind her eyes.

The attention she has received in recent days is reminiscent of that showered upon Knut the polar bear when, as a cute cub, he wowed crowds at Berlin Zoo.


Click here for a Heidi photo gallery.

“You could visit me from July 1, 2011, at the zoo in Leipzig!” Heidi's Facebook page states. “Until then I’m going to stay a while in my opossum hibernation.”

In fact, opossums don’t hibernate, but her new display at the zoo won't be open to the public until then.

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Your comments about this article

10:26 January 7, 2011 by storymann
They should not have fed her all those eggs..
21:44 January 7, 2011 by DinhoPilot
LOL! Her eyes just reminds me of people I encountered through life... I had a teacher who had eyes like that, none ever copied because none ever knew where she was looking at.. ^^
08:55 January 8, 2011 by JohnnesKönig
Hey Thing from Uranus, maybe you should take your head out of Uranus...
08:30 January 11, 2011 by joetke
50000 fans on facebook? Be modest when using "wide-world". It's just a 1/10000 of a drop in a bucket!!!

Yet this animal is fully adorable ;)
19:37 January 18, 2011 by storymann
come on ,,how long are you gonna milk this article ???
09:22 January 21, 2011 by BachSchuUSA
Poor little creature! Hopefully a vet has determined that she's not in pain. How does anyone know if the animal has headaches? I would if my eyes were so f'd up!
07:46 February 1, 2011 by lordkorner
I never really thought it suited that lion on Daktari all those years ago,but with this opossum I can see the aatttttrrraaccttiioonn.
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