Elephants down more hot dogs than humans in Coney Island competition

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New York, Jul 4 (ANI): An eating competition held in Coney Island saw three elephants downing 505 hot dog buns, while three of their human contenders downed only 143.

Eric "Badlands" Booker, 40, Juliet Lee, 43, and Gravy Brown did their best in the first-ever Elephants and Humans six-minute eating competition, but they were no match for the three circus elephants, Bunny, Susie and Minnie.

"Our girls train every day. They eat 150 to 200 pounds of food a day. I knew they'd do fine," the New York Daily News quoted Jason Gibson, circus production manager, as saying.

Although the elephants, who are in town for the Ringling Brothers' Boom A Ring circus this summer, cheated by starting a few seconds early, the humans didn't stand a chance.

"This was a great challenge for our species," Major League Eating Chairman George Shea said.

"I expected that the humans would beat them," he stated.

Breadcrumbs flew as the elephants scooped up a half-dozen buns with each swift swoop of the trunk.

"I can't compete with that," Booker, 39, an MTA train conductor by day said.

"If I had an elephant's trunk, I could also eat a dozen buns at one time," he added. (ANI)

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