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Flea circus freezes to death in Germany, but show goes on

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By The Associated Press
Sunday, March 31, 2013, 9:21 p.m.
 

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

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

The circus 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 on Sunday.

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

 

 
 


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