Sad news folks. Heidi, a cross-eyed opossum who became an international celebrity, closed her eyes forever, Leipzig Zoo spokeswoman informed.
The cute opossum, 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 was a Virginia Opossum housed at Germany’s Leipzig Zoo. In December 2010, the two-and-a-half year old, cross-eyed animal made international headlines shortly after a photograph was published by Bild.
Since then, Heidi has inspired a popular YouTube song, a future line of stuffed animals, and a Facebook page with over 290,000 followers.
Heidi reportedly received an offer to appear at the 83rd Academy Awards on February 27, 2011 via video broadcast, but instead appeared on the late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! in a series of pre-taped vignettes, in which she predicted the winners of three Oscar categories.
She missed one prediction, choosing the long-shot Oscar-nominated 127 Hours to win over the eventual Oscar-winning The King’s Speech for Best Film.
Rest in peace, Heidi.