An overweight opossum with bulging eyes has become an internet hit through social networking site Facebook. Heidi the cross-eyed opossum has been catapulted to fame since a story was done about her home Leipzig zoo in Germany. So much so that the little furry friend has attracted nearly 180,000 Facebook fans and wait for it… a YouTube song. Yes that’s right, she has her own song. Heidi’s fame has made her more popular than the chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel who only has 65,000 fans.
The little opossum has poor vision but has struck a chord with the public. Opossums are nocturnal they rely heavily on their sense of smell to find their way around which doesn’t cause many problems. Heidi is currently on a high-fibre, low-calorie died as her weight problem could be behind her condition.
Heidi and her sister Naira, arrived at the zoo last May after being abandoned in North Carolina. Peter Walschburger, a biological psychologist at the Free University of Berlin, has analysed the unprecedented attention the opossum has attracted. He said: “It triggers a reaction in our unconsciousness when we see these creatures that make us think of children.”