Newest Animal Celebrity: Heidi the Cross-Eyed Opossum Wins Hearts, Facebook Page Has Thousands of Friends Worldwide (video)
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on January 13, 2011
Heidi even has her own Facebook page, with thousands of friends worldwide. Stuffed Heidi toys will be available in about two weeks.
Love it. Moe Lane thinks her photo should be photoshopped.
From KXNT Las Vegas Newsradio, Cross-Eyed Opossum:
Heidi, the cross-eyed opossum, is the latest creature to rocket from Germany’s front pages to international recognition, capturing the world’s imagination with her bright, black eyes turned toward her pointed pink nose.
While Leipzig Zoo says it is not actively engaging in marketing at this time, the attention will most certainly boost admittance, and thus revenue.
Russia Today: Heidi the cross-eyed opossum: Germany’s latest love
From Germany’s The Local, Cross-eyed opossum wins legions of fans:
A cross-eyed opossum at Leipzig Zoo named Heidi has won worldwide adoration, with nearly 50,000 fans on her Facebook page.
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.
From London Free Press, Cross-eyed opossum finds Internet fame:
It’s probably the most popular animal at the Leipzig Zoo in Germany, and it’s not even on display yet.
Heidi, the cross-eyed opossum, has surprised zoo officials with her international popularity, sparked by picture of the goofy-looking critter posted online a few months ago.
The 2 1/2-year-old opossum was found abandoned outside an animal shelter in North Carolina along with her sister, Naira. Both opossums, as well as one male named Teddy, have been at the Leipzig Zoo since May and will go on display in July in an exhibit.
The German newspaper Bild snapped preview shots of the animals to be featured in the exhibit in December, and pictures of Heidi went viral.
Heidi currently has more than 80,000 friends on Facebook, and has inspired a popular German song on YouTube, written by Stefan Langner and performed by three little girls. The lyrics roughly translate to: “Heidi is so sweet. How nice that she exists. I fell so in love with her from the first.”
The toy manufacturer Kosen will begin selling stuffed Heidi toys in about two weeks.
Zoo officials have two theories about Heidi’s ocular deformity – either it’s related to the poor nutrition Heidi received in the U.S., or there are fat deposits behind Heidi’s eyes pushing the eyeballs together, which can happen to overweight animals.
The zoo has put Heidi on a high-fibre and low-energy diet and claims it has lost a lot of weight, visible mostly in its tail. But Heidi is still cross-eyed.
“As fatty deposits behind the eyes are not reduced until hardly any fatty reserves remain in the body, this diet will need to be continued for a long time yet before any significant results become visible here,” the zoo said on a website dedicated to answering the high volume of questions about Heidi.
ITN News: Cross-eyed opossum is Germany’s latest star
German song inspired by Heidi… from YouTube: “Das schielende Opossum Heidi ist der Medien Star im Leipziger ZOO.”
Opossum Heidi schielt – Das schielende Opossum