Paraguay Parable
Paraguay Parable
Attribution information

Jeff DeGrandis


Bobs 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"

Anteater: They (grubs) can't be that hard to catch.
Timon: For your information, darling, just to catch a glimpse of one takes agility, cunning, and split-second timing.
Timon and Anteater[src]

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

Official synopsis

"Timon and Pumbaa meet a shiftless anteater."[1]

Plot summary

After Timon and Pumbaa catch a rare 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.

The pals about to have the competition to see who can catch the most bugs on one's own

The anteater sets up a competition to see who can catch the most bugs on one's own. As the competition begins, Pumbaa suggests to Timon that they should catch bugs together, telling him that despite competing against each other, they are still friends. Timon, however, insists that since it's a contest, their friendship is temporarily null and voidable and that he does not want to cooperate. The warthog reluctantly gives Timon what he wants and goes bug-hunting on his own.

As Timon is technically the one to catch Gourmetus Salavati, Pumbaa tells his friend that he's the winner of the competition

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 a bug and he and Pumbaa decide to call the competition even.

Voice cast


Guest Starring





  • Jungle


  • This is the last episode in which Timon is voiced by Nathan Lane.



  1. Watch Timon & Pumbaa Full Episodes. Disney+. Accessed 12 November 2019.

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