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Meet the animal stars in an unanimated habitat

When animals take the stage they completely steal the focus, and leave us in an emotional lock, while our hearts melt over their lovable personality. So what if you got to meet them in real life? Would you still think the same of them? Let’s have a look and get to know them behind the camera to see if they have the traits Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks have laid out for us.  

Timon And Pumbaa

There’s no proof that a meerkat and a warthog could be friends in real life, however, we can always hope that the odd couple is out there somewhere.

Pumbaa: One thing you won’t see a wild warthog do is to feast on insects like Pumbaa. As a grass eater, warthogs are not threatening, and keep to themselves. Just like Lion King’s adaption of Pumbaa, warthogs are more likely to run for a hidey-hole rather than fight. Their body is very warm (which is probably why Pumbaa has so much gas), so they like to be submerged in water and mud to cool down.

Timon: Meerkats are in real life definitely not outcasts like Timon; they are an extremely sociable animal. They keep with their family and live together in large communities. Just like Timon is the decision maker, they are very alert, and always aware in the nature. If you are quick with your camera, you might also be lucky to picture a Lion King resemblance to Timon in the wild, of a meerkat eating an insect, as they are part of the meerkats daily diet.

Meet Timon and Pumbaa in Namibia.

King Julien XIII

It is unlikely that you will see a King Julien XIII in the jungle of Madagascar ruling the lemur family as it is actually the females that dominate. Lemurs are neither as glamorous as portrayed in Madagascar, as their real weapon is not dancing, but a very powerful scent. You should expect to see lemurs partying on the same level as in the movie, as their parties always turn out odour-ly strange. During mating season the male lemurs wrap their tales in smelly secretions and wave them to the air, and the one that can out-stink the others gets the ladies.

Meet King Julien XIII in Madagascar.


If I were in Dory’s fins, I would be confused as well, living in her hometown; The Great Barrier Reef, which is to be fair to her – quite big. If you at any time get a chance to snorkel, you could dive down and visit Dory, who won’t have a full on conversation with whales, however is very active and playful which works along the lines of Dory’s personality in Finding Nemo. Dory is a Blue Tang and is known to spend time every day in play chasing bubbles.

Meet Dory in Fiji or Australia.

Kung Fu Panda

Dreamwork’s Kung Fu Panda, is a close called interpretation of a real life panda-personality, in terms of their eating habits. They eat fast, they eat a lot and spend about twelve hours a day doing it. However they are not considered obese like Kung Fu Panda. There is no time to be kung fu fighting in the real life of a panda, as to stay healthy they have to eat a lot – up to 15 percent of their bodyweight in 12 hours, so that’s why they have to eat fast. A panda can peel and eat a bamboo shoot in about 40 seconds! Pandas are endangered, and there are only about 1,600 of them left in the wild, so it’s a good thing they are not going on daring adventures like Kung Fu Panda.

Meet Kung Fu Panda in China.

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