Pumbaa, Simba, and Timon stumble across a young giraffe from Longlegs's herd stuck in a mud hole. Thinking quickly, the friends attempt to pull the giraffe in with a vine rope, but the plan fails, forcing the three to think up a different plan. Suddenly, Timon gets an idea, and he instructs his friends to make a bridge across the mud out of debris.
As the friends attempt to save the calf, Longlegs thanks the three for their bravery, expressing surprise at a lion's involvement. Simba points out that it is Timon who is risking his life, and Timon bravely begins to inch himself across the bridge toward the calf. Overhead, vultures begin to circle, but Timon pushes on, wrapping the vine rope around the little giraffe and letting the lead giraffe pull the calf to safety.
Once on solid ground, the young giraffe struggles to his feet, panting. With the calf safe, Simba scares off the remaining vultures amid cheers from his friends, but as he lands, he severely injures his paw. Timon and Pumbaa watch their friend worriedly and realize that his injury may be more severe than they'd thought. Grimly, Longlegs informs Timon and Pumbaa that he knows a cure for Simba's ailment but that it will mean a dangerous journey for them.
As Timon and Longlegs sprint toward a cure for Simba, the young lion is helped by the giraffe herd into a patch of grass, where his injured state will not be so easily noticed by other animals.
Meanwhile, Longlegs and Timon encounter a wild lion, who attacks Timon until he is beaten back by Longlegs. With the diversion out of the way, the two continue on their journey, and Longlegs instructs Timon to gather a handful of healing leaves for Simba. Timon does as he's told, and the two sprint back to the side of their injured companion.
Under Longlegs's instruction, Timon wraps the leaves around Simba's injuries, and the friends spend the night guarding Simba from predators. Come morning, the young lion has healed completely, and he thanks Longlegs for his help. The giraffe graciously reminds Simba that he is simply returning a favor, for friends should stick together.
|Longlegs||Longlegs is the leader of the herd. He helps save Simba's life after the lion saves a calf from his herd.||Magazine||Saving Simba|