Facebook friends and Twitter fans are mourning the loss of Heidi, the cross-eyed opossum whose cute but confused countenance warmed hearts around the world.
Heidi was from North Carolina but, unable to survive in the wild, she spent much of her life in the zoo in Leipzig, Germany.
The Leipzig zoo said last Wednesday, September 28, that the marsupial had been listless and unable to move for several weeks. A decision was made to put the three-and-a-half-year-old animal to sleep following repeated attempts to treat her.
“We carried out every possible test and treatment,” zoo director Joerg Junhold said in a statement. “We made the final decision … to relieve the animal from suffering and pain.”
Heidi first attracted attention at the end of last year after she was featured on a local television report about the nocturnal enclosure where she spent her final days.
A clip of the report went viral, giving rise to a fan page on Facebook that attracted more than 332,000 admirers from across the globe.
Heidi was also featured on a TV show in the United States alongside the Oscars awards ceremony in February. The furry forecaster was asked to predict the winners, and she correctly chose both the best actress and best actor.
You can watch a video of Heidi here, and you’ll see why she had so many admirers worldwide. RIP, Heidi.
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