Flea Circus Wiped Out
A File photograph showing Robert Birkwith his Flea circus at the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany on 14 August 2005. Media reports on 31 March 2013 state that Flea circus director Robert Birk has found all of his 300 fleas dead inside their transport box on 27 March 2013 as he was preparing for engagements at an open-air fair in the town of Mechernich-Kommern in western Germany. A nearby university was able to provide 50 fleas in time for the first show on 31 March 2013. EPA/FRANK LEONHARDT
Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 10:00 am
Updated: 4:24 pm, Tue Apr 2, 2013.
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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Tuesday, April 2, 2013 10:00 am.
Updated: 4:24 pm.