Freezing weather wipes out German flea circus

Flea circus director Robert Birk says he was shocked to find all of his 300 fleas dead inside their transport box Wednesday morning.

ARCHIV�- Robert Birk vom Flohzirkus auf dem M�nchner Oktoberfest zeigt am Mittwoch 14.09.2005 in M�nchen mit einer Pinzette einen Floh, der mit einem Faden an einen Wagen gebunden ist. 300 Fl�he sind vor ihrem Auftritt in der eisigen Eifel vermutlich erfroren. Sie verendeten in ihrer mit Styropor gesch�tzten Transportbox, berichtete der Direktor des Flohzirkus aus Bayern, Robert Birk, am Sonntag der�Nachrichtenagentur dpa. Seine Truppe war zu Ostern beim historischen Jahrmarkt in dem Freilichtmuseum engagiert. Photo by: DB Oliver Bodmer/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

BERLIN (AP) — An entire troupe of performing fleas has fallen victim to the freezing temperatures currently gripping Germany.

Flea circus director Robert Birk says he was shocked to find all of his 300 fleas dead inside their transport box Wednesday morning.

The circus immediately scrambled to find and train a new batch so it could fulfill its engagements at an open-air fair in the western town of Mechernich-Kommern.

Michael Faber, who organizes the fair, told The Associated Press that an insect expert at a nearby university was able to provide 50 fleas in time for the first show Sunday.

Faber says he hopes they'll "get through this without any more fatalities."

Birk said it was the first time his circus had lost all of its fleas to the cold in one go.
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