Tuesday, September 4, 2007

The Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin Remembered

A tragedy occurred exactly one year ago today. Steve Irwin, otherwise known as the Crocodile Hunter, died last year on September 4, 2006 while filming one of his documentaries. He was killed by a stingray in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Irwin was known as an eccentric character, wearing his traditional khaki shirt and shorts and heavy boots, and yelling his catchphrase, "oh crikey!" He would film documentaries about wildlife and get extremely close to some of the world's most dangerous animals. His untimely death was pretty freakish too. Stingrays have a poisonous barb on their tail which they use to attack when startled. Irwin was famous for risking his life and getting up close and personal with animals and I guess some asshole stingray didn't like it and stung Irwin in the chest. Unfortunately, the barb made a hole in Irwin's heart and he died shortly after.

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The Crocodile Hunter was famous for his show on the Discovery Channel. He entertained viewers with his heavy Australian accent and his wildlife adventures. He would wrestle crocodiles and touch other deadly creatures. He turned his parents' wildlife preserve, Australia Zoo, into an international tourist attraction. Irwin filmed his documentaries with his wife Terri. They had two children, a daughter Bindi Sue, 9, and a son, Bob, 4. It's a damn shame that they won't have their husband and father around.

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I was a fan of his work and he was just a classy guy. I would watch his show with my little brother all through high school. We'd just watch and laugh at the show all the time. The Crocodile Hunter was a pretty funny guy. It was tight how he would just get up all in the animals' faces. He died doing what he loved I guess. It's still a damn shame.

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Steve Irwin, "The Crocodile Hunter"
Feb. 22, 1962- Sept. 4, 2006

1 comment:

mel kiper fan said...

Aside from family issues, this was without a doubt, one of the most tragic days of my life. Steve's legacy will live on though.

Fight On Steve!