Paraguay Parable
Attribution Information

Jeff DeGrandis


Roberts Gannaway

Production Information

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa


1 (CBS)



Air date

November 25, 1995

Episode Guide

"Manhattan Mishap"


"Let's Serengeti Out of Here"

"Paraguay Parable" is the second segment of the twentieth episode of Season 1 of The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa, which is the tenth episode to air on the CBS Saturday morning lineup during that season. It aired on November 25, 1995, along with "Manhattan Mishap".


A lazy anteater tricks Timon and Pumbaa into competing over who can catch the most bugs.


"Paraguay Parable" begins by introducing Timon, a meerkat, and his warthog friend, Pumbaa. At the start of the episode, after Timon and Pumbaa catch a bug called the Gourmetus Salavati, an anteater, however, eats the insect, much to Timon's annoyance. The anteater asks Timon and Pumbaa to bring him more bugs since he's too lazy to catch some himself.

Timon tells the anteater that catching bugs is not as easy as he thinks, but the anteater convinces the meerkat that he's the best bug catcher in the whole universe, much to Timon's embarrassment. He then convinces Pumbaa that he's better at catching bugs than Timon. Timon starts to disagree, saying that Pumbaa could not catch bugs that easily because of his physical attributes. The anteater the convinces the two to argue over who's better at catching bugs. He then decides to find a way to settle this argument.

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The pals about to have the competition

The anteater sets up a competition to see who can catch the most bugs on one's own. as the competition begins, Pumbaa suggests that he and Timon should catch bugs together as friends, but Timon insists that they should catch bugs on their own since it's a contest. The warthog reluctantly follows Timon.

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The duo sees the bug Timon caught

After Timon and Pumbaa catch a number of bugs, the anteater counts how many they caught by eating them, much to the two friends' shocks. He tells them that it's a tie, as they both caught 443 bugs. The anteater then tries to convince the two to catch more bugs for a tie-breaker, but Timon and Pumbaa refuse, as they realize that the competition was a fake and that he was actually trying to have them bring bugs for him.

Timon and Pumbaa use a construction vehicle to make the anteater spit out all the bugs. After getting their bugs back, Pumbaa sees that there is one more bug, which is the Gourmetus Salavati that Timon caught. He tells his friend that he's the winner of the contest. The anteater then shows up, flattened by the vehicle, saying that he's starving. Timon gives the anteater the Gourmetus Salavati and he and Pumbaa decide to call the competition even.



Guest Starring





  • Jungle


  • This is the last episode in which Timon's voice is done by Nathan Lane.