A German audio tape of The Lion King, titled Friends for Life shares some similarities with this episode. Both stories focus on Simba's son (Kopa/Kion) meeting a friendly hyena, and both lion cubs wind up getting trapped in a river with a fast current at some stage. Kion also thanks Jasiri in Swahili, which is also the name of the friendly hyena in Kopa's tale (Asante). These are most likely coincidental, however.
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