Since little, cute Knut grew up into giant, sex-starved, psychopath Knut, Germany needed a new animal hero. Enter Heidi, the permanently confused cross-eyed possum.
Last December, photographers from the German tabloid Bild ventured into the bowels of the Leipzig Zoo to catch a glimpse of some new animals to be featured in "Gondwanaland," a tropical center opening this July. The photos made it online, went viral and now Heidi's an international sensation with her own Facebook page and everything.
Toy expert -- is that a job title? -- Dr. Helmut Schache offers a less than insightful theory as to why:
It really is surprising how famous and loved she is -- I guess it has to do with being cross-eyed.
Best part? Heidi is actually American. Even better? The reason her eyes are so crazy crossed, zoo officials think, is due to a bad diet. Fat deposits behind the eyeballs.
And yes, Heidi will soon be available as a stuffed animal.