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Portly cross-eyed opossum Heidi slims down with strict diet

The Local · 29 Mar 2011, 14:14

Published: 29 Mar 2011 14:14 GMT+02:00

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Heidi has trimmed down to a svelte 4.6 kilos from her initial weight of 5.2 kilos, a zoo spokeswoman said.

Her leaner physique means she’s more active and agile, making a healthier impression overall, she added.

But her famously crossed eyes don’t seem to be correcting themselves because the fat deposits behind her eyes that created her distinctive look aren’t shrinking.

“Heidi is still cross-eyed,” the spokeswoman said.


Click here for a Heidi photo gallery.

Even with her new figure Heidi remains a heavyweight among the other opossums at the zoo, though. Her sister Naira weighs an ideal 3.6 kilos, the zoo reported.

Heidi, who is believed to be two-and-a-half-years-old, was abandoned with Naira outside an animal shelter in North Carolina, and has been living at Leipzig Zoo since May last year after being transferred from a Danish zoo.

The zoo believes her eye condition might have been caused by her diet before she was abandoned, or by the fact that she is overweight and has fat deposits behind her eyes.

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In late February Heidi attempted to fill sports oracle Paul The Octopus’ shoes, giving tips for the Academy Awards. Her predictions were spotty. While she correctly tipped the winners for the Best Actor and Actress, she got the Best Film award wrong.

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Your comments about this article

16:03 March 29, 2011 by scout1067
Where I come from Possum are considered vermin that spread rabies that we shoot along with Coyotes. I would guess a cross-eyed one would make an even easier target than a normal one.
17:49 March 29, 2011 by MaKo
While I'm not sure Scout should shoot it, I do kind of hate this opossum.
21:05 March 29, 2011 by bramblebush
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10:03 March 30, 2011 by annan1063
How is this worthy of any space in a "news" paper???
13:40 September 29, 2011 by MaxxFordham
Scout, you've got your animals mixed up. This Heidi is not a possum. She's an opossum. They're different kinds of animals.
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