When Bunga first met Timon and Pumbaa, Timon asked the honey badger to climb the dead tree and get the utamu grubs. As Bunga climbed the tree, the pair compliment on his foolish bravery, giving Bunga his name, and making them his uncles.
When Bunga returns to the tree with Kion, Beshte and Ono, he climbs it once again to obtain some more utamu. Unfortunately, the tree finally snaps, rendering Bunga unable to get the grubs. Although saved by Ono and Beshte, disappointment hit the honey badger hard until he later discovers that the grubs had landed on Timon and Pumbaa below.