Trunks and Trapezes

Talk about bouncing babies. His name is Romeo, and at 6 months old he already weighs 227 pounds. As for Juliette, she's approaching her second birthday and tips the scales at a nice round 200.

The pair of Asian elephants will be the centerpiece attraction when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus brings the 124th edition of their "Greatest Show on Earth" to Los Angeles this week.

The heavyweight toddlers are the first pachyderms born and bred at the circus's elephant farm in Florida, and this tour marks their debut in the show that features their parents, Icky and Alana.

The three-ring salute to the newcomers will include Russian acrobats, French aerialists, animal trainers, dancers, clowns, a human cannonball, Cossack riders, a canine comedy show and scores of animals large and small.


"The Greatest Show on Earth," Los Angeles Sports Arena, 3939 Figueroa St., Wednesday through Aug. 2. Tickets, $9.50 to $25, are on sale at the arena box office and through Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets by phone: (213) 480-3232. Show times: (213) 748-6131.

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