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Recap / The Lion Guard S 1 E 26 Ono The Tick Bird

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Summary: Ono must fill in for a rhino's seeing-eye bird while the Guard helps the rhino and tickbird resolve their differences.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Artistic License – Biology. Yeah, about that rhino and tickbird song...
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Kifaru means "rhinoceros" in Swahili.
  • Berserk Button: Hurt or threaten Kifaru's friends, and he'll have no problem head-butting you! Makuu learns that the hard way.
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  • Big Damn Heroes: Kifaru arrives to rescue Mwenzi from Makuu before the former is eaten. The rescue attempt fails when Kifaru charges straight past Makuu and crashes into a tree.
  • Blind Mistake: Due to his poor eyesight, Kifaru can't navigate properly without someone telling him which way to go. Truth in Television: rhinos often rely on scent rather than sight to move around.
  • Feud Episode: The episode revolves around Kifaru the rhino and Mwenzi the tickbird having a falling-out, with the Guard trying to restore their friendship.
  • Interspecies Friendship: They even have a song about rhinos and tickbirds being friends for a long time.
  • Meaningful Name: Mwenzi means "companion" in Swahili.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Just when the Guard convinces Mwenzi to reconcile with Kifaru, they find the rhino complimenting Ono's duties as honorary tickbird. Mwenzi, thinking he's been replaced, flies off in a rage.
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