Freezing weather wipes out German flea circus

By AP StaffAssociated Press March 31, 2013 at 1:17 pm
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Germany Frozen Fleas

In this Sept. 21, 2005 file picture a flea pulls a little cart at a flea circus performing at the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. An entire troupe of performing fleas has fallen victim to 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 a new batch so it could fulfill its engagements at an open-air fair in the town of Mechernich-Kommern in western Germany. Michael Faber, who organizes the fair, told The Associated Press that an insect expert at a nearby university was able to train 50 fleas to in time for the first show Sunday March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/dpa, Frank Leonhardt)

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.

Germany Frozen Fleas

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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.

RYOT Note:  So there you have it, strangest story of the day.  While we feel bad for the fleas that perished (kinda) we’re reminded that fleas sometimes carry serious diseases.  In Nepal our partner, Nyaya Health, works to combat all kinds of nasty diseases and they serve the poorest of the poor.  You can become a part of this story by making a $5 donation to Nyaya health and sharing this post.

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