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    Unhappy Steve Irwin - The Crocodile Hunter Killed
    I just read that Steve Irwin (the crocodile hunter) was killed this morning by a stingray.

    Apparently he swam over top of it and the barb went through his heart.

    Story is here:
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060904/..._tv/obit_irwin

    How sad... we will miss him...
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    It was not a kite that did it.
    Already I am getting people looking to see if it was my sting ray kite that was the killer.

    We want to let the world know that this is not a killer kite!


    No stinger attached!

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    Strangely he was more popular in the USA/UK than here in Australia. I was very surprised, when I heard, that I shed a tear. I could count the number of times that has happened when celebs have died on one hand.... You know, Lennon, Princess Di.... I guess folk who passionately believe in something, despite what anyone might think of them, strike a chord with me - and maybe strike a chord with lots of folk.

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    Are you sure he is really dead this time? He has been "killed" on the internet several times. I hope he is still around, my son really likes his show.
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    Yeah, it's on TV. Man, what a shocker. It said the barb put a hole in his heart.

    I thought if he were to go out, it would be from somethign more ferocious (like a croc).

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    Sounds like it's for real. It was just a matter of time before something got him. I figured it would have been a croc rather than a stingray.
    It'd a bummer, he was indeed fun to watch.


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    my son really likes his show.
    Same here. Watched his shows all the time and the movie was great too. Hope it's not true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrami
    Same here. Watched his shows all the time and the movie was great too. Hope it's not true.
    Here is a link from the The Courier-Mail in Brisbane:

    http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/s...34-952,00.html

    This is really sad.
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    OMG, I can't believe this, it is one of those fluke accidents. Stingrays are usually harmless. He was too young.... The one consololation is that he died doing what he loved, no regrets...
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    Poor Steve, I can't believe this has happened. I never would have guessed before today how saddened I would be but the man was only 44 years of age with two young children. Very depressing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by enginez
    I was very surprised, when I heard, that I shed a tear.
    I got teary over the news as well. I feel for his family - it can't be easy for them.

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    Really sad news, especially when he left his wife with two children to take care of. He'll be missed.

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    It's really sad that he died so young and for his wife and children.

    I was never comfortable watching his shows as I didn't like the way he treated many animals. Wild animals are unpredictable and many are armed - rays need a lot of p**sing off to use their stingers. Looks like he sailed too close to the wind this time.

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    What Paul Ward said... But it is sad...

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    I've never seen a biologist behave the way Steve Irwin did. I wasn't comfortable with the way he handled animals. He deliberately put himself in harm's way which was both disrespectful of the animals and of himself. I often said that it was just a matter of time before he pushed some animal beyond its limits. I feel sorry for the man's family though. It's pretty rare for a biologist to be killed by wildlife.

    Stingrays are very cool animals. Like many venomous animals they're slow to react aggressively. (It's expensive and time-consuming for the animal to make more venom.) We had a captive one at one of the nature centers where I worked and it would put on a show in order to get attention. It was happy to be fed by hand but it also liked to have its head rubbed, right between the eyes. I always used to tell visitors that Stinky was practicing his routine just in case a talent scout from Sea World stopped by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snib
    Really sad news, especially when he left his wife with two children to take care of. He'll be missed.

    - Scott
    Well I think that the estate will be more than enough to take care of the wife and kids.


    "Irwin, a renowned environmentalist who was estimated to be earning more than $4million a year from his Queensland reptile park, Australia Zoo. "
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    Ditto, I was shocked when it came across Reuters last night...I liked the show because it got people back into wildlife, much like Wild Kingdom did back in the day... And ever since I first encountered a stingray at the Monterrey Aquarium back in college, I've had a pewter stingray attached to my keys...

    Either way, a man with good intent is gone, and a stingray, likely acting in self-defense, is probably still scared...

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    Sadly, the news is true. The ABC replayed an interview with Steve on the excellent talk show " Enogh Rope " last night as a tribute.

    For many australians he epitomised what we call the "cringe factor" with his over the top ockerisms and in your face style. After seeing the first screening of the Enough Rope interview a few months back, I gained an enormous respect for his genuine passion for wildlife. It may have been misdirected and fool hardy but was very sincere.

    As for the millions he has made by his shows and wildlife park, interestingly he had been reinvesting as much as he could from his profits to buy wilderness for wildlife. You can't get more sincere than putting your money wher your mouth is. So even in this way he has left a huge legacy for the australian public and australian wildlife, and who knows, we may even get his programs screened in Oz one day.

    http://www.abc.net.au/tv/enoughrope/...ts/s960998.htm

    Sadly he is gone and perhaps even more sadly, i cannot think of the Crocdile Hunter whithout the image and sound of Cartman ( South Park ) popping into my head every time.. it gave a whole new meaning to crocodile hunting.
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    I shed a tear or two myself...my daughter LOVED him and watched him all the time, she wants to be a vet and to see her love of animals and what she will do for them... was probably the same for him.
    I'm sure he went the way he would have wanted, in the wild doing what he loved.

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    im sad too but live by the sword die by the sword is what they say
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    It's sad that he died. I used to watch his show back in High School, and I even try and catch it now and then.
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    Tribute to Steve Irwin from Rupert McCall
    This poem was forwarded to me.
    The poem is written by Rupert McCall and I believe it's meant to be read, so I'd like to share it here:

    THE CROCODILES ARE CRYING

    Endless visions fill my head – this man – as large as life
    And instantly my heart mourns for his angels and his wife
    Because the way I see Steve Irwin – just put everything aside
    It comes back to his family – it comes back to his pride

    His animals inclusive – Crikey – light the place with love!
    Shine his star with everything he fought to rise above
    The crazy-man of Khaki from the day he left the pouch
    Living out his dream and in that classic ‘Stevo’ crouch

    Exploding forth with character and redefining cheek
    It’s one thing to be honoured as a champion unique
    It’s one thing to have microphones and spotlight cameras shoved
    It’s another to be taken in and genuinely loved

    But that was where he had it right – I guess he always knew
    From his fathers’ modest reptile park and then Australia Zoo
    We cringed at times and shook our heads – but true to natures call
    There was something very Irwin in the make up of us all

    Yes the more I care to think of it – the more he had it right
    If you’re going to make a difference – make it big and make it bright!
    Yes - he was a lunatic! Yes - he went head first!
    But he made the world feel happy with his energetic burst

    A world so large and loyal that it’s hard to comprehend
    I doubt we truly count the warmth until life meets an end
    To count it now I say a prayer with words of inspiration
    May the spotlight shine forever on his dream for conservation

    …My daughter broke the news to me – my six year old in tears
    It was like she’d just turned old enough to show her honest fears
    I tried to make some sense of it but whilst her Dad was trying
    His little girl explained it best…she said “The crocodiles are crying”

    Their best mate’s up in heaven now – the crocs up there are smiling!
    And as sure as flowers, poems and cards and memories are piling
    As sure as we’ll continue with the trademarks of his spiel
    Of all the tributes worthy – he was rough…but he was real

    As sure as ‘Crikey!’ fills the sky
    I think we’ll miss ya Steve…goodbye

    RUPERT McCALL 2006
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    I've been always admiring the courage of this man. He loved his work so much... So sad...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Michelle
    I just read that Steve Irwin (the crocodile hunter) was killed this morning by a stingray.

    Apparently he swam over top of it and the barb went through his heart.
    Just revisited this thread have to say - it's a pretty cool way to go.

    I've recently (2 years ago) rediscovered diving after about 18 years and I remember my first "new" dive. A bit nervous, but once I was down at about 10m and the sun was streaming down on the coral and fish one way and into the blue in the other, I thought "who needs cathedrals" and "if I died down here, it'd be a pretty good way to go" if I had to that day.

    I started off my working life as a zoologist (marine biologist) which involved diving, so I see a sort of poetry to the way this happened.

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    Thank You Steve
    I returned from a wonderful archery / camping trip with my brother last night and I was genuinely shocked to hear that "Crikey" had been fatally wounded by a stingray. I have always gotten a big kick out of Steve, his over the top enthusiasm and his deep appreciation of nature.

    He will be missed by all of us who hold a deep appreciation for the great outdoors and the wonders of nature.

    A Toast To You & A Prayer For Your Family Steve. Thank You.
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