Recenly, we, here at Theblogismine.com, have shown a few different viral videos, such as Ted Williams with his golden voice and Samsung Tweeting Refrigerator at CES 2011. And now we are reporting on Heidi, the cross-eyed opossum, at the Leipzig Zoo in Germany.
The 2 1/2-year-old opossum was found abandoned outside an animal shelter in North Carolina along with her sister, Naira. Both opossums, as well as one male named Teddy, have been at the Leipzig Zoo since May and will go on display in July in an exhibit.
The German newspaper Bild snapped preview shots of the animals to be featured in the exhibit in December, and pictures of Heidi went viral. And now, the toy manufacturer Kosen even will begin selling stuffed Heidi toys in about two weeks. Her life has also inspired a fake movie, which of course has a fake movie trailer (see it above.)
Heidi currently has more than 100,000 fans on Facebook, and has inspired a popular German song on YouTube, written by Stefan Langner and performed by three young girls. The lyrics roughly translate to: “Heidi is so sweet. How nice that she exists. I fell so in love with her from the first.”
Zoo officials have two theories about Heidi’s ocular deformity – either it’s related to the poor nutrition Heidi received in the U.S., or there are fat deposits behind Heidi’s eyes pushing the eyeballs together, which can happen to overweight animals.
The zoo has put Heidi on a high-fibre and low-energy diet and claims it has lost a lot of weight, visible mostly in its tail. But Heidi is still cross-eyed. The zoo even created a new web page on its website answering questions about Heidi.
“As fatty deposits behind the eyes are not reduced until hardly any fatty reserves remain in the body, this diet will need to be continued for a long time yet before any significant results become visible here,” the zoo said on a website.
But Heidi is not in pain or impaired in any way, zoo officials assure. The nocturnal creature uses its nose to get around. “Heidi has no discomfort as a result of her eye problem and in all other respects her behaviour is entirely normal.”
Despite all the interest Heidi is generating, the zoo claims it won’t be using the animal as a marketing tool and says any money it makes from Heidi will go towards supporting rhinos in Borneo.
So, what do you think of Heidi? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.