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:

Photo credit: youtube screen grab

120 comments

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Maria D'Oporto
Past Member 3 years ago

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.

Joe R.
Joe R.4 years ago

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

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky4 years ago

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

Lindsey Williams
Lindsey Williams5 years ago

aww she is cute :)

Yvonne S.
Yvonne S.5 years ago

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

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

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.

Cristina M.
Cristina M.5 years ago

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

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman5 years ago

Cute :)

Philippa P.
Philippa P.5 years ago

She's adorable.