Well, I was not a fan, but for his familys sake I am sorry for his untimely death.
I became even more turned off by him after the incident with his infant son, very poor judgement. Looks like that same poor judgement got him killed, too close to the stingrays and he seemed to think he was invincible and that he knew what a wild animal was going to do next.
Its so sad, my 7 year old was upset he just loved watching his show, our dream was to one day take our son to his zoo and in hopes of meeting him someday. i just feel for his children and wife, but he died doing what he loved to do.
there have only been 17 injuries (not even deaths) worldwide within the last 10 years., and 3 deaths in australia since 1945.
on a related note sort of, i've actually petted(pet?) a few stingrays at the mandalay bay hotel aquarium only about a week ago here in vegas. and i do know for a fact stingray touch tanks are fairly common (i think i've gone to at least 2 other aquariums that allow this, plus one at a science center) so i don't think steve irwin really did forsee this happening.
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What I remember about him was the nite he slept by Sui until she passed. He was a real animal lover. He loved his family very much. You could tell how proud he was of his wife and children. We have all done stupid things and while I didn't agree either with what he did with his son, I feel like the media also made it alot worse than what it was. I don't think he would have ever put his children at risk on purpose.
This is so sad :( I loved watching his shows. He has done such good things for the animals, The world is going to miss him terribly. I feel so bad for his family, his kids where only 8 and 3 :( Rest in peace Steve
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I loved him. I loved his shows, I loved his passion for life and animals. It feels so weird that he's gone. Little did he know that this day was his last, and he was only 44. At least the world has him in memory from his shows and his kids can still watch him anytime they want. His wife may be sad but I'm sure she's greatful for everything he has accomplished.
They said he was swimming on top of the stingray and I am sure the animal felt threatened...remember, they dont like anything on top of them, and Steve may have put a bit too much pressure on it and it reacted just the way it does when you step on it....
We have a stingray petting exhibit at our zoo. They clip the barbs on them. (they say the barbs are like our fingernails) so no one can get hurt....I would imagine they would do that at any petting exhibit...
I feel weirded out that he is gone....he cracked me up. What a weird way to go.
***Edited By: TraumaMamma on 9/4/2006 11:27:44 PM*** Reason: Typo
They are saying this morning that they have the whole thing on video. They think that Steve was swimming down towards the stingray and that it might have felt threatened because the camera man was in front of it as well so he was surrounded. The video shows Steve pulling the barb out.
I think the world has lost a great conservationist. Children and adults have learned so much because of him, I echo the hopes that his team and/or his fans continue his work to bring the plight of animals and the need for conservation to the masses.
This is a man who loved with all his heart. I watched an episode where he lost it when they buried an old crocodile that had been in his life for many, many years. He was genuine in his feelings and in showing them.
He lived dangerously but how wonderful he lived his life doing what he loved, unlike so many of us.
Good morning Everyone, for those of you who are sadden by his Death. I wanted to let you know if you don't already know, that Animal Planet will be hosting a tribute to him this evening starting at 6pm. My son and I will be watching, he love to watch the crocs.
I am still really upset over it. You couldn't turn on the tv or computer yesterday with out seeing him. He just seemed so happy and full of life-- it is just shocking and upsetting that he died like this.
I wonder if he had been killed in a car accident or fire if there would have been this huge media frenzy. Famous people die frequently but it is pretty rare to have nearly every new station do fairly lengthy segment about their life/death.
I wonder how many people lost son's and daugther's in Iraq yesterday. It is like we have become numb to that. Just a thought.
Good point to make Alicat. I agree, but I suppose it got so much attention cause well he did so many amazing things with animals that for this to be what gets him, its mind blowing and intriqing to most people. I will admit though it was a break from watching the clippings of the shootings in my city and the crime. At least this was actually new news. Sad to say but true. And my heart always sinks to hear about more Americans and non Americans dying over seas.
I can only echo... what has been already said. It's a crying shame that Australia has lost one of it's famous icons. A man who strived to preserve the animal kingdom. With hopes to educate everyone about them!
My heart of sympathy goes out to his family during this time. :(
I do think of our troops and I keep tabs on the american military losses every day, as I post to a forum in military.com
I guess the think than makes it hard is, that Steve Irwin was a household name, whereas Soldier Doe has no emotional hold on anyone except his family, who knew him personally....its much easier for the public to detatch from that.