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Flea circus

Flea circus

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VOLKER STEGER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY VOLKER STEGER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Flea circus. Human flea (Pulex irritans) in a harness, held by fingers. The flea belongs to Hans Mathes' Flea Circus, where trained fleas perform a range of tricks, including kicking balls, pulling miniature carriages and dancing in tiny costumes. For performances the fleas are held in a wire harness (brown, centre left), secured over the head and behind the front legs, as seen here. Mathes harnesses each flea by hand. The stunts rely on the natural movements and strength of the fleas, which can move objects of up to 20,000 times their own body weight. The circus performs for two weeks a year at the Munich Oktoberfest in Germany.

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