Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Today's Cartoon: "The Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin 1962 - 2006

As unbelievably sad and tragic as the passing of "The Crocodile Hunter" is, I have to admit that when I first heard about Steve Irwin's fatal encounter with a stingray, my initial thought was that he must have somehow provoked it, much in the same way that he would usually try to get a reaction out of animals, whenever the cameras were turned on.

Short-Tail Stingrays are not an aggressive species and the fact that there have only been TWO recorded fatalities from a stingray in Australian history (including this one), only adds fuel to the speculation that the animal was provoked in order for it to have attacked. Sadly though, there is footage of the incident, which means that the truth will (eventually) be revealed.

Yet regardless if the animal was provoked or startled, the truth of the matter remains that Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin was no more an "expert" on stingrays, than Timothy "Grizzly Man" Treadwell was an "expert" on bears. Ironically, it seems that these so-called "animal experts" are only considered so up until the moment that they tragically let their guards down. After that, they are mournfully remembered only as "animal enthusiasts".

Look, just because someone really loves animals, doesn't necessarily mean that they completely understand them, because sometimes "understanding" and "respecting" an animal can simply mean just leaving it alone.

R.I.P Steve Irwin :(


Blogger MikeFitz said...

Crikey! Steve Irwin was the Australian Hero we all wanted to be if we weren’t too busy being sensible. Steve was a committed conservationist and went out doing what he loved most, getting close to nature.

His home base, Australia Zoo, is just a few kilometres north of Brisbane. We pass it on the way to visit my in-laws and on the way to my beloved Fraser Island.

Steve had copped some flak from many Aussies because his style was just a bit too exuberant and "showman-like". But we also liked him because his on-screen persona was not a “put-on”. He was like that 24x7. What you saw was what you got.

We’ll certainly miss him.

4:59 p.m.  
Blogger Stuart said...

Our toddler has a CD of Steve Irwin and The Wiggles, which he likes listening to and dancing about. We hear Steve talking about the animals at the Australian Zoo all the time -- which made this very sad news indeed. :(

10:42 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with all of your comments. But Steve Irwin was my idol and still is. Steve was a very great man and i will always see him as an 'expert' within all the boundaries of all animals.

R.I.P Steve-o,
Connor. A

5:13 p.m.  

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