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Cross-eyed German opossum becomes Internet hit
德國鬥雞眼負鼠 網路新寵兒

Cross-eyed opossum Heidi explores her enclosure at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany on Dec. 14 last year. The female opossum was born in May 2008 in Odense, Denmark.

Photo: EPA 照片:歐新社

A cross-eyed opossum in Germany called Heidi, who is not yet even on public display, has become an Internet hit, winning more than 65,000 “friends” on the social networking website Facebook.

Heidi is thought to be two and a half years old, and was abandoned outside an animal shelter in North Carolina in the United States, together with her sister Naira. She has been in Leipzig Zoo in eastern Germany since May last year.

The two sisters and a third male opossum called Teddy arrived from a zoo in Denmark, and they will make their public debut on July 1, the German zoo says on a special Internet page set up for Heidi’s apparent legions of fans.

The zoo believes the marsupial’s eye problem may be to do with her diet before she was abandoned, or because she is overweight, leading to fat deposits behind her eyes. Otherwise she is completely normal and not in any pain.

The zoo is hoping to replicate the success of a polar bear called Knut in Berlin who, as a cub, became a global media star and a money-spinner in 2007, even featuring on the front page of Vanity Fair magazine.

“You can all visit me from July 1 ... but not all 65,000 at once,” reads a “message” from Heidi on her Facebook page.










1. debut n.

首次亮相 (shou3 ci4 liang4 xiang4)

例: It’s her debut, she’s never been on a stage before.


2. diet n.

飲食 (yin3 shi2)

例: If you really want to lose weight, you should combine that diet with some exercise.


3. money-spinner n.

搖錢樹 (yao2 qian2 shu4)

例: That song is such a money-spinner it’ll make me a millionaire before the year is up.


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