The Tiergarten Delitzsch Zoo in eastern Germany is hoping that Frank the cross-eyed jaguarundi (a type of puma) will catapult them to fame in the same way that another 4-legged German, Heidi the cross-eyed possum at the nearby Leipzig Zoo, enjoys.
14-year-old Frank is thought to have been born with crossed eyes and the head of the zoo, Katrin Ernst, told Reuters that she thinks many people come to the zoo just to see him. “They stand at his enclosure and call his name. … I can hear it from my office nearby.”
Heidi the cross-eyed possum (below) became an overnight celebrity in Germany when her photo appeared in the newspaper Bild. She boasts a Facebook following of over 300,000 fans.
Unlike Frank, Heidi was not born with crossed eyes. Her affliction is attributed to a poor diet when she was young.
Heidi has been recruited by Hollywood to predict winners of the upcoming Academy Awards.
Hollywood has not yet come calling for Frank.
“We’re waiting for what comes,” Ernst said. “If someone should inquire and perhaps would like to make little chocolate jaguarundis or something similar, then we certainly wouldn’t be disinterested.”
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