Ros­sellini’s circus takes light look at an­i­mal world

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Isabella Ros­sellini is big in Bor­neo.

Ac­tu­ally, she is a bee­tle in Bor­neo — ptomaphagi-nus isabella ros­sellini — named af­ter the Ital­ian­born ac­tress-model.

The crit­ter ac­tu­ally makes a cameo in Link Link Circus — the an­i­mal fo­cused, ap­peal­ingly bonkers-sound­ing show that Ros­sellini has been tour­ing around the world, and that lands in La Jolla, Cal­i­for­nia on Jan. 29 for a one-night en­gage­ment.

An­i­mals have be­come Ros­sellini’s pas­sion. She is wrap­ping up a mas­ter’s de­gree in an­i­mal be­hav­ior at New York’s Hunter Col­lege, and she runs a sprawl­ing or­ganic farm on the shores of Long Is­land’s Great South Bay, where she raises chick­ens, goats, sheep — even bees.

Ros­sellini’s cheek­ily ti­tled “Green Porno,” a se­ries of short films on an­i­mal sex­ual be­hav­ior, both spurred the cre­ation of Link Link Circus.

“I al­ways wanted my show to re­flect the kind of amaze­ment and won­der­ment that I felt while study­ing an­i­mal be­hav­ior,” Ros­sellini says.

RICHARD DREW AP file

Ac­tress Isabella Ros­sellini, shown with a guide dog she was rais­ing in 2004, has a new gig with an­i­mals: the Link Link Circus.

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