|Affiliation(s)||Pridelanders, Friend of Mheetu, Nala, and Simba|
|Appearances||The Art of The Lion King,|
Disney Second Screen: The Lion King Edition,
Mouse Under Glass
Bhati is a character who was cut from The Lion King.
In most sketches and concept artwork of Bhati, her fur is sandy-yellow and her ears, paws, and tail are black. However, in newer concepts, she gains a reddish-brown pelt, yellow eyes, and freckles, as well as a white underbelly and tail-tip.
- "[...]and the ones [Simba] leaves behind, love interest Nala, her mischievous kid brother Mheetu, and her wisecracking companion Bhati, a bat-eared fox."
- —Mouse Under Glass
During early production, Bhati was described as a "wisecracking" friend of Simba's and Nala's. Though not much more is known about her personality, it can be presumed that she was closer to Mheetu and Nala than Simba, as she was a member of Nala's gang rather than Simba's, which at the time consisted of only Timon and Harold.
During early production of The Lion King, Bhati was a childhood friend of Simba's and Nala's. Beyond that, her role in the film is somewhat obscured, though it can be safely said that she was an active participant in Simba's impulsive antics and loved being around her lion cub friends.
- Contrary to popular belief, Bhati was not Mufasa's majordomo. At the time of her creation and development, Zazu was already a character and was intended to be the king's adviser. Bhati was just a friend of the prince.