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Published:January 31st, 2011 13:12 EST

Heidi The Adorable Cross-Eyed Opossum Goes On A Diet

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A strict diet may help the Leipzig Zoo`s opossum Heidi to lose the crossed eyes that have made her an international attraction.


The overweight white-haired opossum has been on a steady diet of lettuce, carrots and lean chicken to cut down on her fat -- which is thought to be the cause of her crossed eyes, a Leipzig Zoo spokeswoman said on Monday.

It is believed that Heidi`s crossed eyes could have come from a poor diet when she was young, causing large fat deposits to form behind her eyes.

Heidi became a star in Germany when her photo appeared in the mass-circulation newspaper Bild in December. The 2-1/2-year-old opossum`s German celebrity soon grew into an international sensation."


Opossums are a dime a dozen, and there has never been an opossum superstar until Heidi came along with her adorable crossed-eyes.

Most veterinarians are of the opinion that Heid`s crossed eyes are a result of a poor diet when she was a baby, causing fat deposits to form behind her eyes. I`m surprised I`m not cross-eyed, I subsist on a diet of junk food and fast food.

Heidi is now on a strict diet in the hopes that her eyes will return to normal. But if Heidi looses her crossed eyes, will she retain her star appeal? Let`s hope so, Heidi is adorable, with or without crossed eyes.

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