An entire troupe of 300 performing fleas have fallen victim to the freezing weather gripping Germany.
The acrobatic insects, which were due to appear at an open-air fair in the western town of Mechernich-Kommern, were found dead inside their transport box on Wednesday morning.
Flea circus director Robert Birk said it was the first time he had lost all his fleas in one go because of cold weather.
The circus scrambled to find and train a new batch of insects so it could fulfill its engagements at the fair.
Fleas are famous for their phenomenal strength which allows them to pull 160,000 times their own weight and jump to heights 100 times their size.
When contacted Mr Faber told the Independent the story was not an early April Fools joke.
Apparently the circus keeps its fleas outside.
Shout out: Strange Behaviors.