Facebook Fame for Cross-eyed Opossum

Posted: February 10, 2011 by bbc21cc in general

She’s cross-eyed, two years old, a sensation on Facebook, and she lives in a small town in Germany.
Born in the wild, Heidi the opossum was rescued by an animal shelter in North Carolina in the United States last May when she was found in a bad way.
Shortly afterwards, she was moved to captivity in Germany. If Heidi was left any longer in the wild, she would have died within the year because opossums only live for three years in the wild, but thanks to Leipzig Zoo she may live for another five years.

The vets think that the reason Heidi’s eyes are crossed is due to either the diet she was on before she was found or the fact that she’s become overweight. Fortunately her eyes cause her no pain. According to the German newspaper Der Spiegel, Heidi became known when reporters from the German tabloid Bild went to photograph animals that will be part of Gondwanaland, a newly themed area at the zoo.

Heidi has now become known around the globe with almost 65,000 fans on Facebook. A song has been made about Heidi by Stefan Langner. He sings, “Heidi is so sweet. How nice that she exists. I fell so in love with her from the first.” Go take a look on YouTube!


  1. evelinasec says:

    Well done BGB. Your first post! 🙂
    Keep your notes so you remember how you did it.
    It would be interesting to hear how you found doing the work.

    • amy says:

      I was really impressed with how quickly and thoroughly this post was prepared, perfected and posted. We even managed to record it as a radio piece for our up coming podcast. V impressed BGB well done!

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