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King Tusk agrees with Phil - 6 more weeks till spring

Move over, Punxsutawney Phil. You've got some elephantine competition.

King Tusk, a 14,762-pound Asian elephant, was trotted out of his tractor-trailer-size home Monday for a good-natured jab at Groundhog Day and a not-so-subtle promotion for "The Greatest Show on Earth."The elephant, an attraction at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, was welcomed by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani at City Hall Park.

Giuliani read a proclamation on behalf of the pachyderm: "The largest land mammal traveling the face of the Earth, here in the Big Apple of the United States of America, stands firm and resolute in the face of El Nino . . . and declares `I do see a shadow. Six more weeks of winter, folks."'

The famous groundhog from Punxsutawney, Pa., made the same prediction Monday, but King Tusk's was a no-brainer. After all, he did cast quite a large shadow.