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Cross-eyed and Cute: Meet Heidi The Opossom [VIDEO]

Cross-eyed and Cute: Meet Heidi The Opossom [VIDEO]

Move over, Knut the Polar Bear — someone is coming to steal your cute animal crown. 

Or she would if she could see you straight.

Meet Heidi the cross-eyed opossum, a new super star at the Leipzig Zoo.

Via the Associated Press:

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.

Since the first photos were published in December, the marsupial from Leipzig Zoo has attracted more Facebook fans than Chancellor Angela Merkel. By Wednesday more than 111,000 fans from as far away as Bangkok and Montreal and clear across Europe were exclaiming “so cute!!” and “so sweet.”

Experts say that like Knut, Berlin’s famous fluffy white polar cub who was abandoned by his mother, and Paul, the late octopus who correctly predicted the outcome of all of Germany’s 2010 World Cup games and Spain’s victory in the final, the hype surrounding Heidi is fed by a human weakness for cuddly looking critters and the ability of modern mass media to spread images around the globe instantly.

Watch a video featuring pictures of Heidi below:

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7:11AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:35PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

She is definitly cute!! I wonder if at the nature she wil be able to be so happy, can't imagine if she is able to see well.

6:10PM PST on Feb 22, 2012

There's something about Heidi that reminds me of one of my favorite singers, Barbra.

9:16PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened

7:45PM PDT on May 12, 2011

aww she is cute :)

2:19PM PDT on May 12, 2011

I love her to bits. Thanks for sharing the photos.

12:39PM PST on Feb 20, 2011

poor little thing -- I don't know if crossed eyes make it difficult to see or not. cute. We stupid humans find all kinds of things, funny, that are fuzzy.

4:31PM PST on Jan 18, 2011

Sooooo cute!!! Very nice video, thanks for sharing!

12:15AM PST on Jan 18, 2011

Cute :)

10:45PM PST on Jan 17, 2011

She's adorable.

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