The Vulture Police are two fast-talking vulture cops from the Timon & Pumbaa TV series. The vulture with the blue custodiam helmet is voiced by Townsend Coleman, and the other with the dark chartreuse modern police cap is voiced by Brian Cummings; however, their voices were switched in season 2.
Like many police officers, the vultures believe strongly in justice and arrest anyone who breaks the law. They help out Timon and Pumbaa when they need assistance. This is particularly shown when Timon and Pumbaa go to the vultures to have them arrest a raccoon thief who stole their suitcase full of valuables, although they let the thief go as they believe that Timon and Pumbaa had to actually see him steal their suitcase to prove that what they're telling them is true. Though later, the vultures arrest the thief again after seeing that he really did steal Timon and Pumbaa's valuables.
On rare occasions, however, the vulture police are shown to arrest Timon and Pumbaa. This is specifically shown where they throw Timon and Pumbaa in jail after Toucan Dan framed them for stealing a train car full of beak polish. Although they arrest Toucan Dan after realizing that it was really the toucan who stole said car, they still arrest Timon and Pumbaa for escaping after being told not to. This moment shows that the vulture police can sometimes be rather antagonistic and unreasonable towards the two friends.
The vulture police have blue feathers and light blue tummies and front legs. They have peach heads with white feathers at the bottom of their necks. One of them wears a blue helmet, while the other one wears a dark chartreuse cap. Both of their hats have yellow rhombuses on them.
Role in the series
- “Vulture 1: Seen this meerkat?
Vulture 2: We know you have him.
Vulture 1: Right this way.
Vulture 2: Just a few minutes ago.”
- ―The Vulture Police to Pumbaa
After Timon scratches his back with a Forbidden Stick, the Vulture Police catch him and take him to a rhino judge. Timon tells everyone that not being allowed to touch a stick is a mockery of justice and breaks the Forbidden Stick, which shocks everyone.
After Pumbaa tries to be Timon's lawyer, the rhino judge gives Timon a series of tests to see if he's innocent or guilty. The tests are a snake pit of virtue, walking on hot coals, a cave of pain, and writing. Timon then admits that he scratched his back with the Forbidden Stick.
The judge and the police show Timon the punishments that can happen to him if he breaks the law. After Timon learns his lesson, he finds a snail to eat, but has trouble breaking the shell. So he uses a Forbidden Rock, and when he does so, he is put in a guillotine.
When a raccoon thief named Thief steals Timon and Pumbaa's suitcase, the two go to the Vulture Police for them to arrest him. The Vulture Police draw pictures in order to be sure what the criminal looks like.
When the Vulture Police put Wanted pictures of Thief, the four see the criminal and he gets arrested and put in a criminal lineup. After Thief introduces himself, the police handcuff him, but he says that he didn't steal Timon and Pumbaa's suitcase, he found it. Thief then mentions that he can't be guilty when no one actually saw him steal it. So, to Timon and Pumbaa's surprise, the Vulture Police remove the handcuffs off of Thief.
When Timon sees that his and Pumbaa's suitcase is full of bricks instead of valuables, the meerkat decides to get even with Thief. He tries three attempts to get revenge on the criminal, but they end in failure.
On Timon's third attempt, he makes Pumbaa throw Thief's trash can house to a cliff, but they fall as well. Timon and Pumbaa then find their valuables and Thief tries to escape them, but runs into the Vulture Police, who arrest him this time since they find out that the criminal really did steal Timon and Pumbaa's suitcase.
- “Vulture 1: You're going to the big house.
Vulture 2: Not the medium-sized house.
Vulture 1: Not the wee little house.
Vulture 2: But the big house.”
- ―The Vulture Police arresting "Goldi-meerkat-locks"
The vulture police make a brief appearance in this episode in the meerkat and warthog version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. They arrest Goldi-meerkat-locks for breaking in the three warthogs' house.
When Timon has trouble breaking a snail's shell, Pumbaa suggests he uses Toucan Dan. When Timon walks up to the toucan, Pumbaa tells his friend that, according to the signs, Toucan Dan is a dangerously clever criminal mastermind who can make anyone believe anything he says. Timon removes the signs and is about to use Toucan Dan to crack the snail's shell open.
Toucan Dan tricks Timon into freeing him from his cage and after Timon does so, the Vulture Police show up. They see that the signs are gone and take all of them out of Timon. The Vulture Police make Timon and Pumbaa capture Toucan Dan and put him back in his cage.
After Timon and Pumbaa capture Toucan Dan, Toucan Dan repeatedly tricks Timon into freeing him from his cage. Pumbaa's had enough and Timon suggests that he impersonates the toucan before the Vulture Police show up. The Vulture Police appear and see Timon disguised as Toucan Dan. They free "Toucan Dan" out of his cage and tell him that they're going to feed him to the lions. Timon then admits he's not Toucan Dan, but the police won't believe him.
Toucan Dan shows up impersonating Timon. While the Vulture Police don't know what to do, Pumbaa has to decide which one's the real Timon. When the warthog is unable to do so, the Vulture Police put Timon and Toucan Dan in guillotines to see which one can easily crack the snail's shell open. Pumbaa now knows who the real Timon is.
The vulture police show up after the Hakuna Matata Megamall explodes due to a gas leak, telling Timon and Pumbaa that they heard that they are causing trouble. When Timon and Pumbaa try to prove their innocents to the people, the police don't think their explanation is good enough and suggest that they have someone help them.
- “Vulture 1: We told you not to escape.
Vulture 2: Don't you have ears?
Vulture 1: Yeah, why didn't you listen?”
- ―The Vulture Police to Timon
When Toucan Dan frames Timon and Pumbaa for stealing a train car full of beak polish, the Vulture Police throw the duo in jail. Timon tries to convince them that he didn't steal it, but they won't believe him.
Timon and Pumbaa try to break out of prison to catch Toucan Dan, without getting caught by the police. After doing so, Timon and Pumbaa get to Toucan Dan's place and try to get him to confess that he stole the train car full of beak polish. The Vulture Police later show up and are about to arrest the two for escaping.
The Vulture Police arrest Toucan Dan when they find out it was really him who stole the train car full of beak polish. However, they throw Timon and Pumbaa back in jail because they escaped when they told them not to.
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