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

(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.

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.
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)
In this Sept. 14, 2005 file picture, Robert Birk,  director of a German flea circus poses with a special cart with Bavarian flag in Munich.
In this Sept. 14, 2005 file picture, Robert Birk, director of a German flea circus poses with a special cart with Bavarian flag in Munich.   (AP Photo/dpa, Oliver Bodmer,File)
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