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'Portrait of Poruchik Anatoli Volosatyy'
Original Digital Painting, 2017.
Poruchik Volosatyy was one of the last of a long line of defenders of the Mammoth Steppe in western Siberia. He was a bit of a lone wolf, and disappeared some 10,000 years ago. It is unclear what happened to him, but it is thought he died in a skirmish - defending his grazing lands from the bipedal invaders often seen roaming around at that time.
Mr. Eustace Simum died on May 10, 2016 at 12:23 a.m. in Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He was found in a pool of his own blood at 12:10 a.m, where his horns and half of his face had been crudely removed with a chainsaw. He was still breathing at the time but passed away soon afterward.
Mr. Simum was in route to find greener pastures. Prior to his passing, he was last seen when his former landlord requested him to remove his horn in order to pay for the ever-increasing rent on the crowded farm where he lived in Klerksdorp. Mr. Simum moved east to be with other members of his family, and to avoid being sold to a trophy hunter - being well aware of his old age at 43.
His only remaining family was his daughter, Clara, and grandson, Kalimba, who were intercepted by poachers on their way to make preparations for Mr. Simum’s funeral service. Clara didn’t survive the encounter, but 5 week old Kalimba - badly injured and traumatized - is in an undisclosed rehabilitation facility under 24 hour surveillance for his protection.
Despite the wealth of life’s trials and tribulations, Mr. Simum always had a calm, collected demeanor, and enjoyed the little things in life, such as sharing stories with friends and family over a glass of fine red wine. This is how we will remember him.
We would like to thank you for coming to his funeral service, where we will celebrate the good times he shared with all of us. If you would like to make a donation to the recovery efforts of Mr. Simum’s grandson Kalimba and others like him, or if you would like to help prevent the rapid-decline of the rest of their kin, please visit www.rhinos.org to see how you can help.