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Crocodile Hunter

coppperbelle
September 4th, 2006, 08:23 AM
Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter was killed today in Australia. He was stung by a stingray.

chico2
September 4th, 2006, 08:37 AM
You are not serious I hope:confused:

chico2
September 4th, 2006, 08:48 AM
I just checked the news and it's true:sad:
He was a very annoying man at times,but most of the time I enjoyed his shows and he clearly loved animals.
He showed us on many occasions,even undesireable scary animals are just animals like any others and deserve to survive on this earth.
He also taught us a lot about the country he loved so much
I for one am very sorry about his untimely passing,he'll be missed:sad: :rip: Steve

technodoll
September 4th, 2006, 09:12 AM
i just woke up to read this... oh man, i have tears in my eyes, i LOVED this guy... LOVED his shows... how utterly tragic, sad, and what a stupid death. his poor wife must be devastated :sad:

:rip: steve, you leave behind a great legacy :candle:

chico2
September 4th, 2006, 11:04 AM
I can see his gap-toothed grin,his zest for life and the life around him,with all the evil people in the world,why take the good???
Maybe he was needed to assist at the Rainbow Bridge:pray: :love:

Violeta
September 4th, 2006, 12:55 PM
:sad: I just posted this in OT forum.
I am sooo sad. Here is the story:

“Crocodile expert Steve Irwin has been killed by a stingray while diving off the Northeast coast of Australia.

The fish pierced the chest of TV's famous khaki-clad "Crocodile Hunter", while the 44-year-old was filming an underwater documentary off Port Douglas in northern Queensland.

A helicopter rushed paramedics to nearby Low Isles, about 1,260 miles north of Brisbane, where Irwin was taken for treatment, but he was dead before they arrived, police said.

Local diving operator Steve Edmonson, whose boats were out on the Great Barrier Reef when the accident happened, said: "Steve was hit by a stingray in the chest - he probably died from a cardiac arrest from the injury."

Toxicology experts said Irwin's death was more likely to be a result of the physical injury to his chest than the stingray's venom.

A stingray's strongly serrated barb can grow up to 20cm long and is capable of tearing and rendering flesh.

Dr Geoff Isbister, a clinical toxicologist at an Australian hospital, said: "What happened to Steve Irwin is like being stabbed in the heart.

"It has little to do with the venom and all to do with the trauma caused by the barb of the stingray.

"Although the venom may cause tissue damage, the physical trauma in this case would have been enough to cause a lethal injury."

Dr Bryan Fry, of the Australian Venom Research Unit in Melbourne, said: "Stingrays only sting in defence - they're not aggressive animals, so the animal must have felt threatened. It didn't sting out of aggression, it stung out of fear.

"The stingray's venom would not have been a factor. While extremely painful, stingray venom is rarely lethal."

The largest species of stingray can grow to about 4m in length or width and their tails are often twice as long as their bodies.

In 2004, Irwin caused outrage by holding his then one-month-old baby in front of a hungry crocodile. His TV series ended after he was criticised over the incident and also for allegedly disturbing whales, seals and penguins while filming in Antarctica.”

Maya
September 4th, 2006, 01:24 PM
How sad. :sad: Why the heck couldn't it have been an evil politician?

lilcatdog
September 4th, 2006, 01:32 PM
:sad: Hi,yes i read the news today oh boy,what a shock.We are breeders of snakes and other reptiles Steve was on our tv set daily,he was like part of the family,Condolences for his 2 small wee ones and his lovely wife terri.You will be sadly missed!!!!

Violeta
September 4th, 2006, 01:58 PM
this is from their web page:

"Media statement – 4 September 2006

Steve Irwin

At 11am today, the 4th September 2006, Steve Irwin was fatally wounded by a stingray barb to his heart whilst filming a sequence on Batt Reef off Port Douglas for his daughter’s new TV series.
Emergency services were called from Cairns Rescue Base and met Croc One, Steve’s rescue vessel at Low Isle on the Great Barrier Reef.
The Croc One crew performed constant CPR during the thirty minute dash to Low Isle, but the medical staff pronounced Steve dead at approx. 12 noon.

His producer and closest friend, John Stainton said on Croc One today,
“The world has lost a great wildlife icon, a passionate conservationist and one of the proudest Dads on the planet. He died doing what he loves best and left this world in a happy and peaceful state of mind. Crocs Rule!”

Golden Girls
September 4th, 2006, 02:02 PM
This is very sad. I also loved watching his shows and found him so enthusiastic and educational. In our papers this is what Steve Irwin's friend and producer said:

"The world has lost a great wildlife icon, a passionate conservationist and one the the proudest dads on this plant, he died doing what he loves best and left this world in a happy and peaceful state of mind". :candle:

Angies Man
September 4th, 2006, 02:09 PM
Hmmm! Interesting! Like the rest of the world, I'm shocked and saddened by the Crocodile Hunters death.

As one who has lived (and currently lives) in areas where poisonous reptiles, spiders, insects, and scorpions co-exist with humans and their pets, I'm one of those that have been critical of the message that the Crocodile Hunter programs sends to kids and (intellectually challenged) adults. He made it look so easy (he really was good!) and so the temptation is for kids and morons to go out and look for thrills at the expense of wildlife. Messing with rattlesnakes, gilas, black widows, tarantulas, africanized bees, and scorpions can result in nasty stings and bites--which can kill kids and dogs and at minimum, result in serious health problems in adults. The warning "don't try this at home" somehow never seemed strong enough to me. The best defense against tangling with poisonous creatures is to give them as wide a berth as possible.

While I don't celebrate Steve's death, it's nice that his demise wasn't trivialized by being caused by a car or plane crash, electrocution plugging in his electric razor, or from a heart attack in bed.

Steve died the way he lived, even tho he was diving at the time, he died with his boots on.

dtbmnec
September 4th, 2006, 02:19 PM
While I don't celebrate Steve's death, it's nice that his demise wasn't trivialized by being caused by a car or plane crash, electrocution plugging in his electric razor, or from a heart attack in bed.

My friend was just saying that it would have been pathetic if he'd died in some mundane way.

I suppose if he had his way this would have been the way to go for him (well maybe not particularly the stingray but you know...). Least he was doing what he was happiest doing when he died. :rip:

Megan

MyBirdIsEvil
September 4th, 2006, 02:27 PM
I was sad when I heard this :sad: . :rip: Steve.

so the temptation is for kids and morons to go out and look for thrills at the expense of wildlife.

That should be in bold. That's like blaming violent movies for someone wanting to go kill people.
How would he make someone go mess with a dangerous animal? It's not the world's job to babysit morons. He was doing a television show, trying to educate people about animals, and if some idiot decides to go mess with dangerous animals because an expert does it on their tv show, the tv show isn't who should be blamed.
As far as children being tempted to do so, it's up to parents to educate their children on the proper way to act around animals, and to supervise them to make sure they're not out catching dangerous animals or something. If someones kid is off wandering around by themselves in the woods and starts provoking a dangerous animal, I'm thinking that's the parent's fault.
Steve never condoned children going out and catching wild animals, and if words such as "viewers, do NOT do this yourselves" after just about EVERY single segment are ignored, then whoever got themselves hurt because of it has only theirself to blame, or in the case of a child, their parents.

And btw, I also live somewhere where there are poisonous snakes and bugs, and most parents teach their children to NEVER mess with them. Most kids that even go to close to a cottonmouth or another poisonous snake are punished. Just because a lot of kids watch the crocodile hunter doesn't mean we have kids chasing after poisonous snakes, is that the case where you live?
Ultimately parents have the most impact on their children.

rainbow
September 4th, 2006, 03:21 PM
I never watched the news this morning and just found out now. I am shocked and saddened. He was such a devoted person to both animals and his family.

chico2
September 4th, 2006, 04:41 PM
Well,I don't know about anybody else,but as the day goes on and I think about Steve,I get this great feeling of loss and feel very sad.
Steve was the greatest ambassador for Australia and a great lover of animals and the conservation of endangered species.
I don't think it was good he died doing something he loves,he was too young to die,he should not have died period,it was an accident:sad:
I also never thought Crocodile "Hunter"was the right name for his shows,he abhorred hunting in any form.
So,a great little man is gone,hopefully his legacy will continue through his wife and his great staff,but I am sure Steve will be sorely missed:love:

Prin
September 4th, 2006, 08:10 PM
I agree Chico. I keep thinking about him all day too. He's one of those people you never imagine will die in this lifetime.:sad:

technodoll
September 4th, 2006, 08:13 PM
i still can't believe it, i'm still in shock. too sad for words :sad: i loved that man, and i feel unbelievably sad for his beautiful wife & children :candle:

RVT092481
September 4th, 2006, 09:32 PM
I couldn't believe it either when I read it here. But then it was on the local 6pm news. I always loved watching his shows. I heard that the movie that he was making was about the worlds most deadliest creatures...

technodoll
September 4th, 2006, 10:02 PM
more news... http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/irwin-death-footage-terrible/2006/09/05/1157222098946.html

The underwater video footage of Steve Irwin's death after he was speared in the chest by a stingray was "shocking" his manager reportedly said today.

video tribute to steve...

http://media.theaustralian.news.com.au/20060904-irwin1_player.htm

:rip: mate... you will be as missed, as you were loved :candle:

jawert1
September 4th, 2006, 10:03 PM
Like Chico and Prin, I've not stopped thinking about it all day, the world has lost one of it's brightest beacons on wildlife respect and conservation. I can't even begin to imagine the impact to his wife and children. I pray that everyone takes heed from his life and goes forward avidly and passionately to protect those that haven't the voice to speak for themselves. And as AngiesMan said, he died with his boots on, I can't think of a better way to go out.

beamer
September 5th, 2006, 05:04 AM
apparntly steves death was caught on camera, i hope its not published
:rip: steve

HunterXHunter
September 5th, 2006, 09:02 AM
I'm sure that video will surface somehow...:rolleyes:

I always thought he would retire from the show once he loses a limb to a croc or something, but this is way too sad. :rip: Steve Irwin :rip: You will be missed indeed :(

Cathy1
September 5th, 2006, 12:06 PM
The Queensland Government has set up an official book of condolences that will be given to his family.
http://www.qld.gov.au/announcements/steve_irwin.html

dtbmnec
September 5th, 2006, 01:11 PM
I go to DeviantArt (a website) and its an art site. There are a ton of tributes to his death. Some more poignant than others, some capturing his life as we saw it. The two major themes are that he's still doing what he's doing in Heaven (and annoying Jesus/God) or Hell (annoying the Devil). Most of them do seem to poke fun at him but in a good way, not in a bad way. :) It's nice.

Megan

Here's one of the more humourous ones: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/39272807/?qo=121&q=crocodile+hunter

(Of course having shown this I can totally see him do it!)

Mahealani770
September 5th, 2006, 01:13 PM
I am shocked and in tears over this. I LOVED that man's enthusiasm, his love for all creatures and his zest for life. I can't help but to feel like this hasn't really happened. I'm just dreaming. I can't stand the thought of never seeing him again. What a terrible way to die. I hope he didn't suffer.
I feel SO incredibly devastated for his children and his poor wife, Terri. What a sad, sad day. :rip: Steve Irwin.

Mom_Of_Two_Dogs
September 5th, 2006, 03:48 PM
Rest in peace, Steve. The world is a smaller place without you :sad:

chico2
September 5th, 2006, 04:33 PM
Cathy,thank you for the site!

Violeta
September 5th, 2006, 06:07 PM
The Queensland Government has set up an official book of condolences that will be given to his family.
http://www.qld.gov.au/announcements/steve_irwin.html


this is a good site. I've sent mine :rip:

paula383
September 7th, 2006, 10:54 AM
i have just seen a tribute video for steve and its so lovely, get the tissues ready. heres the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6tjqqYEDtw

technodoll
September 7th, 2006, 11:02 AM
lots of tissues :sad:

it still all feels like a terrible mistake, a bad dream, that he's no longer with us... sooooo sad. :(

chico2
September 7th, 2006, 12:59 PM
2 boxes of tissues:sad:
Beautiful video,beautiful song for a beautiful man:love:

Who is singing that song??Was it written for Steve,or is it just a very sad song?

Prin
September 7th, 2006, 02:37 PM
I agree Techno- it doesn't sit right that he's gone. :sad:

I like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd3n4Flvmhs&mode=related&search=

oo and this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QU2J0mtIug&NR

This one is sad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVEVUxyxBJc&mode=related&search=

Prin
September 7th, 2006, 03:30 PM
ooo you have to watch this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XtP3YzLj5c
:love:

Cathy1
September 7th, 2006, 03:45 PM
Another tribute
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTEXDx1Dmvs

technodoll
September 7th, 2006, 06:10 PM
i can't watch these... :sorry:

they just break my heart :sad:

Prin
September 7th, 2006, 06:13 PM
Mine in post 33 isn't a tribute. It's part of the Crocodile Hunter movie dvd extras. It's just him talking about why he does what he does the way he does.:) (just in case you were afraid to open it)

Violeta
September 7th, 2006, 06:17 PM
You guys have to stop posting these, I’ve been crying for an hour now :sad:

erykah1310
September 7th, 2006, 06:26 PM
I cant watch them :frustrated: dial up!

erykah1310
September 10th, 2006, 04:22 PM
Any one get a chance to see the wonderful tribute for Steve Irwin on Animal Planet at all today???? I watched about 2 hours of it and I had to leave for a few hours, I think its a wonderful thing that they are doing.

chico2
September 10th, 2006, 04:32 PM
erykah,no ,my TV is off during the day,I am hoping they will show it again.
I watched him the other night and still cannot believe this vibrant wonderful man is gone.
His poor kids and wife,Bindi loved her dad sooo much and he clearly adored her,poor little girl:sad:
I am proud of his wife,opting for a private funeral,I am sure that's what Steve would have wanted.

erykah1310
September 10th, 2006, 04:35 PM
I agree.
Its nice though, the tribute shows i saw were more of like documenatries and there was one point where he said how he wanted to be remember, which was energetic and passionate( i think)
Got goose bumps there!
Its a wonderful tribute anyway, I hope its on again later cause i want to watch all of them

rainbow
September 10th, 2006, 04:53 PM
I don't get Animal Planet. :( It's still hard to believe that this great man is gone.

www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2006/09/09/irwin-funeral.html

chico2
September 10th, 2006, 04:55 PM
Aww Rainbow,I don't seem to be able to get that site:sad:

rainbow
September 10th, 2006, 05:13 PM
Chico, I just checked and it works for me. :confused:

It just says that the funeral for Steve Irwin was private for family and friends only. His body will be buried at the family owned Australian Zoo. There are plans to build a monument there in his honour. There will also be a public memorial at a later date.

Prin
September 10th, 2006, 05:54 PM
Private funeral for Steve Irwin held: newspapers
The Associated Press

A private funeral for "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin was held on Saturday and plans were for his body to be buried at the family-owned Australia Zoo, several Australian newspapers reported.

Steve Irwin's family decided that he would have wanted a private funeral. (Lucy Nicholson/Associated Press) Irwin, killed in a stingray attack on the Great Barrier Reef on Sept. 4, had a private service at a funeral home in nearby Caloundra, the Brisbane-based Sunday Mail said.

It also said that the local council had given the family permission to bury Irwin, 44, at the 25-hectare zoo that has been owned by the Irwin family since 1970.

"Yesterday's service was a service for family and good friends, people who were close to Steve in recent years," the newspaper quoted an unidentified family friend as saying.

"The council gave the family permission to bury Steve at the zoo and we think they're going to erect a monument there so visitors can continue to pay their respects."

Sydney's Sun-Herald newspaper said Irwin's father, Bob, planned to hold a press conference on Monday at the zoo to give details of the funeral.

Calls to John Stainton, Irwin's longtime manager, and Michael Hornby, head of the Irwin charity group Wildlife Warriors, were not immediately returned.

On Saturday, Stainton told CNN's Larry King that the private service would be held soon.

"We are having a private family service in the next two or three days, by Monday" at the latest, Stainton told King. "Then we'll start planning the memorial service which will be open to members of the public."

Stainton also said Irwin's wife, American-born Terri, and his children were coping "quite well" with the death.

"Terri is very, very strong. She's having a lot of sad moments obviously, but she's putting on a brave face for the kids' sake," he said.

The Irwins have two children, Bindi, eight, and Bob, two.

One venue mentioned for the public memorial service, expected to be held in the next 10 days, is a 52,000-seat sports stadium in Brisbane, the nearby capital of Queensland state.

Irwin could have had a formal state funeral offered by Prime Minister John Howard. Instead, Bob Irwin said his son would have preferred a smaller, private funeral.

There, chico.:)

chico2
September 11th, 2006, 02:39 PM
Thank's Prin,here is a site they were talking about yesterday on Larry King,I think it's mostly about donations,but also has some great info.
www.wildlifewarriors.org.au

Prin
September 11th, 2006, 02:40 PM
Yeah, that's his charity. They buy lots of land to protect it, sort of similar to Ducks Unlimited here in Canada.:love: