Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Crikey! What Was That?

Well, a stingray, as it turned out.

We all knew it was going to happen at some point. Go around sticking your fingers up an animal's butt and one of them is gonna get a mighty pissed at some point.

A lot of people loved him. Some people here where mighty embarrassed by him. I think Steve Irwin was one of those rare people who walked the walk along with talking the talk. He brought conservation and wildlife preservation to the public, made it accessible, made it watchable. More than that, he put his money where his mouth was and bought up huge tracts of land and made sure that they would be preserved.

Despite his unbelievable celebrity, he remained a regular bloke who you can imagine having round to your bbq and drinking all your beer. His death is a huge loss to the wildlife conservation movement, and to this country.

We'll miss you, mate.

8 comments:

  1. I awoke to the news he died... and I was sad...
    I was sad on the other side of the world...
    He was a great spokesman for wildlife and for Australia...
    And for humanity...
    I feel for his wife and two children... as it is such a public loss... a National Icon...
    at the same time as being a husband and a mighty great dad...
    It should be a National Day of Mourning for him and what the world has lost...

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  2. I'll never forget the first time I saw him on TV. I sat for an hour, mouth agape, watching this crazy man and knowing he would die 'in the line of duty' (and, to be fair, likely with his American wife alongside him).

    He was a character. They broke the mold with him.

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  3. I think that part of me is glad that it happened like this- instead of something more violent. Chances are he never knew what hit him.

    He was an amazing soul. I think there will be a large empty space in this world where he used to stand.

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  4. Hey girl -

    I'm so glad you posted this...I was actually wondering if you were going to say anything about this wonderful man.

    It sounds incredibly corny, but he was a bit of a hero to me. I kept snakes and turtles and lizards as pets when I was a little girl, and dreamt of being a herpatologist. I loved his show and loved his efforts towards conservation and the environment.

    We will miss him, too.

    love,
    Lumi

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  5. He got stabbed in the heart by a freaking sting ray! Never saw that one coming. Chomped by a croc perhaps... but a stingray???

    He will be missed.

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  6. I say this with seriousness...we have lost a great Aussie ambassador. I loved Steve's passion.

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  7. He got stabbed in the heart by a freaking sting ray! Never saw that one coming. Chomped by a croc perhaps... but a stingray???

    He will be missed.

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  8. I think that part of me is glad that it happened like this- instead of something more violent. Chances are he never knew what hit him.

    He was an amazing soul. I think there will be a large empty space in this world where he used to stand.

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