Heidi Opossum: German Heidi Opossum Has Cross-Eyes, Popularity

January 11, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Heidi the opossum. (Screenshot of Youtube.com)
Heidi the opossum. (Screenshot of Youtube.com)
A cross-eyed opossum by the name of Heidi has skyrocketed to Internet fame in Germany, according to the BBC.

The marsupial is living at the Leipzig Zoo already and has had a toy made in her likeness. She has more than 100,000 fans on Facebook and even has inspired a German song on Youtube.

On her Facebook page, German fans gushed over the opossum, remarking on how cute she looks. “Heidi, I love You !!!!” one Facebook fan wrote.

According to the Toronto Sun, the song lyrics translate to: “Heidi is so sweet. How nice that she exists. I fell so in love with her from the first."

And in two weeks, the stuffed toy of Heidi will go on sale, reports the newspaper.

"The Heidi sensation was surprising and unplanned," Leipzig zoo spokeswoman Maria Saegebarth told the Montreal Gazette. "It's great that there has been a lot interest, but we had nothing to do with the media hype."

During last year’s World Cup, an octopus named Paul became a sensation in Germany after he predicted the results for every match.

German officials say that there are two theories on why the animal is oddly formed. They speculate that she had a poor diet when she was in the US or that there are fat deposits behind Heidi’s eyes, causing the eyeballs to push together, the Sun reported.

“Heidi has no discomfort as a result of her eye problem and in all other respects her behavour is entirely normal,” the zoo said, according to the newspaper.