Warthogs are omnivorous swines that are closely related to pigs, boars, and hogs. They eat meat, something considered when the designers for Timon and Pumbaa decided to put the two together, stating they "took some great measures" to make their friendship work.
The warthog is a durable animal. Males weigh 20-50 pounds more than females, but both are distinguished by their disproportionately large heads and “warts” which are protective pads that appear on both sides of the head. The warthog's large tusks are unusual: The two upper ones emerge from the sides of the snout to form a semicircle; the lower tusks at the base of the uppers are worn to a sharp cutting edge. Prick-like bristles cover the warthog's body, although longer bristles form a mane from the top of the head down the spine to the middle of the back. The long tail ends with a tuft of bristles. The warthog characteristically carries its tail upright when it runs like a tiny flag.
In the Universe
In the Films
Pumbaa is the only warthog character in any of the films. He serves as a comedic protagonist alongside his friend Timon. There are implied to be more warthogs in The Lion King 1½, as Pumbaa reveals himself to be an outcast like Timon when the latter asks if he's "all alone in the big empty world."
In the TV series
In the episode "Home is Where the Hog Is," it is revealed that Pumbaa was a member of a group of warthog sounders. It was lead by Pumbaa's former girlfriend Sharla and three unnamed male warthogs. They've banished Pumbaa from their colony due to his smell. Pumbaa (and Timon) returns to save them from their worst nightmare: the guinea fowls. After doing so, Sharla tells Pumbaa that he should stay with them, but he would rather stay with Timon. So Timon and Pumbaa leave the warthogs.
In the May 1990 version of the script (titled King of the Beasts), an angry warthog chases young Simba straight into the midst of a vicious clan of hyenas. In order to rake in debt from Mufasa, the alpha male Banagi orders his cronies to drive the warthog away, saving Simba from further harm.
Warthogs can be seen complaining to Ahadi about the drought.
- Growler was a rival of Pumbaa.
- Growler's Mother was a friend of Pumbaa.
- Uncle Boaris is Pumbaa's uncle.
- In real life, a warthog would probably eat a meerkat, as they are omnivorous.
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