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Goodbye To Heidi, The Cross-Eyed Opossum – VIDEO

Goodbye To Heidi, The Cross-Eyed Opossum – VIDEO


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.

From The Christian Science Monitor:

“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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11:12AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Thank-you for the article & video. I get crossed-eyed at times. I can't imagine seeing that way 24/7. Heidi is now in a better place.

10:29AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

Heidi, you were loved.

1:42AM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

Odean, that was a rude comment. Who have I saved? Well, for starters, a starving TB mare, a dog and 4 cats. Trust me, it takes a whole lot more money and effort to nurse a starving 1200-lb. horse back to health than a possum! BTW, my point, in case you missed it, was that possums are not endangered, and this one would have died in the wild, as the zoo keepers readily admitted. The money spent on saving one possum with special needs COULD have saved many animals that were endangered and much more "in need".

Oh, I did save a possum as well. Found one in my driveway, thought my dog had mauled it and it was injured. I put her/him in a big muck bucket with grass in my garage and went out an hour later figuring it was going to be dead and I'd bury it. Nope, it was gone! I guess the saying "Playing Possum" is very factual.

12:13AM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

This is being "spoofed" on Jimmy Kimmel right now. He asks, "How does one know a possum is even dead in the first place?" He has a point.

I don't mean to joke about any critter "passing", but just far too much attention being given to this.

10:53PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Poor little thing.Well, NOW she won't have to watch another ACADAMY AWARDS SHOW.BLESS HER LITTLE HEART!

4:20PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

In response to DIane L

Heidi was saved because someone cared enough to do it. And Paws Up to them!!! If everyone worked to save someone or something alot would be done. Most people do nothing. Who are you to decide who is worth saving and who is not? If Heidi would not be your choice, you are perfectly free to save someone else. BTW Who have YOU saved lately.

2:06PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

I nevr knew about her, she was cute

5:32AM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

R.I.P. Heidi, thanks for sharing

6:18PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

R.I.P. Sweet Heidi.

7:17AM PDT on Oct 6, 2011


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