Freezing Temps Wipe Out ... Entire Flea Circus
300 fleas in Germany meet tragic end
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2013 10:39 AM CDT
In this Sept. 21, 2005 file picture a flea pulls a little cart at a flea circus. An entire troupe of performing fleas has fallen victim to freezing temperatures in Germany.   (AP Photo/dpa, Frank Leonhardt,File)

(Newser) – It's a pint-sized tragedy in Germany, where freezing temperatures have claimed their latest victim: An entire flea circus. As the AP reports, flea circus director Robert Birk opened his transport box Wednesday morning, only to find all 300 fleas dead. The mass die-off left Birk scrambling to keep a gig at an open-air fair in western Germany; an insect expert was apparently able to save the day by training 50 fleas for today's opening show. "I hope we'll get through this without any more fatalities," says the fair's organizer.

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Apr 1, 2013 8:40 AM CDT
Me thinks they ran an April Fool's story a few days early
Apr 1, 2013 12:53 AM CDT
Sounds like the case of "The Flea's catching the Flu".
Mar 31, 2013 4:55 PM CDT
Sorry but I can't feel bad for them. Fleas are nasty little insects that transmit diseases and make life miserable for animals. My oldest cat was almost killed by fleas when she was a stray kitten. She needed 5 flea baths and a blood transfusion to survive. That was 15 years ago. She's still with us. I'm no fan of fleas in any form.