Sahar Dimus “passed away in Sungaipenuh hospital from some kind of acute kidney failure. He’d been having some back pain the months leading up to this. We all thought it was just from his years of guiding folks with heavy bags up the mountain, but perhaps it was related. We miss him a lot,” writes Luke Mackin.
The following clip from Beast Hunter features Sadar Dimus (who recently died) telling of his encounter with an Orang Pendek to Pat Spain, at the exact site of the sighting:
Pat Spain also recalls his friend:
I’ll remember Sahar as a kind, brave, and gentle man with an immense amount of respect for his forest. I was very sick while exploring Kerinci Seblat, and Sahar did what he could to help me. Also, when we returned from a hellacious trip down the volcano, Sahar’s wife prepared our entire crew one of the best meals I can remember and they welcomed us with open arms into their home.
It was easy to dismiss some of the witnesses we came across on the series as attention seeking, exaggerating, or under-educated about local wildlife; Sahar was none of these. He was a humble man who genuinely wanted to know more about the creature he saw, which was different than any other animal he’d come across in his years spent in the forest. Anyone who spoke with him could not help but leave the encounter believing in the creature. This was a man at ease in the forest; understanding it’s mysteries and recognizing all of the subtle clues that gave away it’s inhabitants to his trained eyes. A sun bear has been here, there’s a snake, check out this lizard…all invisible to me. Jeremy Holden and Sahar had a friendly competetion to catch more species than each other…I was in way over my head when I joined in. When Sahar spoke of OP, he spoke of it in the type of longing that comes from someone who had experienced something remarkable, and wanted others to experience it as well.
It’s a sad day for his family, his forest, and his friends.