28 Sep '11, 11am

Pictures: Heidi, Germany's cross-eyed opossum star, dies

Pictures: Heidi, Germany's cross-eyed opossum star, dies

Heidi, a cross-eyed opossum who became an Internet sensation in Germany, winning three times more Facebook admirers than Chancellor Angela Merkel, died on Wednesday, her zoo said. -- PHOTO: AP BERLIN (AFP) - Heidi, a cross-eyed opossum who became an Internet sensation in Germany, winning three times more Facebook admirers than Chancellor Angela Merkel, died on Wednesday, her zoo said. 'The cross-eyed opossum Heidi has closed her eyes for ever,' said the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany. The animal, aged three and a half, had been treated for health problems for weeks and zoo officials decided to put her down 'to spare her further pain and suffering'. Heidi's distinctive eye problem is thought to be due to a poor diet before she was abandoned in the United States, or because she is overweight, leading to fat deposits behind her eyes. The unusual-looking opossum is the latest...

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