Heidi, a cross-eyed opossum who became an internet sensation has died.
The animal, 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.”
“The cross-eyed opossum Heidi has closed her eyes for ever,” said the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany.
Heidi’s distinctive eye problem is thought to be due to a poor diet before she was abandoned in the United States, or because she is overweight, leading to fat deposits behind her eyes.
The unusual-looking opossum is the latest in a long line of animal stars to capture German hearts.