|“||Pua: Basi. It's been many weeks. How are the fish today?|
Basi: More than last time, Pua, but not enough for your float of crocs. Swing by next week?
Pua: If that's how it must be. Move on, my friends. We'll eat somewhere else today.
Presumably due to severe age, Pua is hunched and wrinkled, with mud-green scales and a pale underbelly. His eyes are ringed with darker scales, and his hide is dotted with spots. His eyes are black.
Pua is a wise leader, who leaves much to be desired from his successor, Makuu. He is patient and slow to anger, as is seen when he ignores the taunts of his former float. He also has great respect for the Circle of Life.
His refusal to Kion's request of fighting Makuu to regain his leadership and his advice to back down from unwanted fights shows Pua is no fool and knows his limits, admitting Makuu is stronger than him despite his own experience. Pua is understanding of others and admits that Makuu may not be as wise a leader as he was, but he knows that Makuu is young, and that given time, he can learn to be a great leader.
When Pua takes his float to Big Springs, he asks Basi if it's all right for the crocodiles to eat the fish. Basi politely declines, explaining that there are still not enough fish to feed the float, and Pua respectfully leaves. A young crocodile named Makuu, however, challenges him to a mashindano, thinking that the float has a right to the fish in Big Springs.
Kion is disturbed by this turn of events and asks his father about Makuu's challenge. Simba explains that he must recognize and respect the traditions of other species, even if he doesn't always agree with them.
Later, the animals of the Pride Lands gather to witness the mashindano, and Makuu manages to pull a victory over the aged Pua. Simba comes forward, recognizing Makuu's leadership, and thanks Pua for his service. Makuu then leads his float into the river, with Kion looking after him worriedly, wondering if the Pride Lands are in danger.
When Makuu begins to wreck havoc in the Pride Lands, Kion goes to Pua, asking for him to call for another mashindano, but Pua reminds Kion that Makuu is much stronger than him. He then advises Kion to back down if he's not willing to fight Makuu.
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