Steve Irwin - the Crocodile Hunter (Lover) of Australia
Crikey, It was like losing your best Mate !
I never met or knew Steve Irwin but like most Aussies would say, he was like a mate!
A True Blue, Fair Dinkum Mate. Steve is a great loss to this Nation and he will be deeply missed .
I started watching Steve Irwin on Television when he was wrestling Crocodiles for fun ? Yeah well anyway it looked like he was having fun :-)
Wearing khaki shorts and shirt and these huge boots he looked like he was only a kid. That was way back in the 70's and Steve was just starting his career and Love affair with the Animal loving public.
Steve Irwin appeared to have that unique ability to communicate on any level, be it a small child or the Prime Minister of Australia.
Steve's Life, Encapsulated:
Born Stephen Robert Irwin at FernTree Gully in Victoria Australia
Wrestles with and captures his first crocodile at the age of 9
Bob and Lyn Irwin , Steve's parents open the forerunner to the Australian Zoo, calledQueensland Reptile and Fauna Park
Steve takes over the Park and renames it to "Australia Zoo" the following year. Steve also meets Terri Raines when she is visiting the Zoo on a holiday from America.
Changes the name of the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park to "Australia Zoo" . Steve and Terri Raines marry on June 4th. During their honeymoon they film their crocodile expeditions. This is developed later to become the world famous "The Crocodile Hunter" the TV series
The series "The Crocodile Hunter" debuts and is an instant hit. It is shown on TV in America the following year.
Bindi Sue, Steve and Terri's daughter is born on July 24th
Robert Clarence , Steve and Terri's son is born on December 1st
The only time I ever heard critisism of Steve when he fed a crocodile while holding his young son.
Steve dies on September 4th after being struck by a Stingray barb while filming a documentary "Ocean's Deadliest" on the Great Barrier Reef off the Coast of Australia
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef where Steve Irwin was killed by a stingray barb!
Quotes from Steve Irwin
Here are some quotes that Steve was renowned for:
'I'm a proud Australian, a very, very proud Australian.'
'Crikey means gee whiz, wow!'
'I have no fear of losing my life - if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it.'
'I get called an adrenaline junkie every other minute, and I'm just fine with that.'
'Yeah, I'm a thrill seeker, but crikey, education's the most important thing.'
'You know, I'm Australian, and we have got the worst sense of humor. We are cruel to each other.'
'I believe our biggest issue is the same biggest issue that the whole world is facing, and that's habitat destruction.'
Steve's dad Bob
Steve's father, Bob Irwin, said after the memorial
"Please do not grieve for Steve, he's at peace now. Grieve for the animals. They have lost the best friend they ever had, and so have I."
Bob Irwin was also reported as saying "I was coping fairly well until John sang that song, and then I fell apart. Steve really loved that song. He was a true blue Aussie and a really good bloke."
MV Steve Irwin
In December 2007 the 195 foot (59 metre) ship previously called MV Robert Hunter was renamed, with the approval of Terri Irwin, 'MV Steve Irwin'.
MV Steve Irwin is owned by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and is used in the battle against Whaling in the Southern Seas off the Australian Coast. It had been reported that, not long before his death, Steve Irwin was planning on joining the ship on a trip to the Antarctica.
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