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09-04-2006 01:48 PM  14 years ago
Tintin

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I follow my passions and practice a couple of so called extreme sports that involve certain amounts of danger. However damage is evitable with proper precautions.

I think both he and another like him has stuffed their heads in the mouth of a croc.

I still say if it's inevitable then it's atleast not very smart...or you have a death wish. It's obvious that he had a very strong passion about what he was doing but even though he seemed to have a lot of knowledge he never struck me as smart when it came to taking risk. Like when he took he newborn in with the crocs, unnecessary and foolish risk I'd say....
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09-04-2006 02:00 PM  14 years ago
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It's the same as any other dangerous profession, you roll the dice, you take the chances. Animal expert or not, sometimes things happen that experts can't predict. This is along the same lines as Dale Earnhart, Sr.'s death. It is sad for his family and he was definately a great spokesman for conservation and icon for Australia, but like others before me, I was none to surprised as it always seemed like he was taking chances with dangerous animals that was not necessary and did not show the proper respect for the animals he dealt with. In fact, he seemed to go out of his way to try and piss off the animals he dealt with.

http://www.spikedhumor.com/articles...ile_Hunter.html

Ironic that he was killed by one of the less dangerous creatures he dealt with.
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09-04-2006 02:23 PM  14 years ago
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I'm only the 2nd reply from OZ!!!

Obviously this man was known to many around the world. Apparently he swam over the top of a giant ray and it slammed it's poisoned tail barb into his chest giving him cardiac seizure.

Poor bloke, maybe he pushed his luck a little far this time.
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09-04-2006 02:32 PM  14 years ago
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Irwin was one of those characters that made our lives a little more interesting. My five year old neice loved to watch his show and he even answered a letter that she had sent to him. Although short, It was hand written, not just a form letter with a signature. That showed you how much he cared about the kids.

This was a freak accident. Considering all of the animals that he worked with that were capable of killing him on the spot, the stingray is a docile animal that I've never known to cause a human death.

God bless you Steve, and may he comfort your family and friends in their time of grief.
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09-04-2006 03:17 PM  14 years ago
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I loved watching that guy... Very sad news.. RIP Steve

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09-04-2006 03:26 PM  14 years ago
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This was a freak accident. Considering all of the animals that he worked with that were capable of killing him on the spot, the stingray is a docile animal that I've never known to cause a human death
couldnt agree with you more ive worked with such marine life and normally a sting from a stingray isnt so fatal and apparently there only 3 deaths a year from such creature in the world , its just a case of where he was stung, even a bee sting to the heart could kill you just bees dont have the power to penetrate so deep.
although a lot of people thought steve was nuts he new exactly what he was doing and knew every thing about all the animals he came across very educational bloke who wont be forgotten.
we may of thought he was dangerouse but youve only got to look at rc helicopter and once again theres a bigger danger
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09-04-2006 03:57 PM  14 years ago
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The more I think about this... the more bummed out I am. He was/is an awesome soul.
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09-04-2006 04:20 PM  14 years ago
Pooch

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The more I think about this... the more bummed out I am.
I know what you mean man, seemed like a genuine good guy.

Should have worn your sunnies Steve-O.

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09-04-2006 05:04 PM  14 years ago
JNG

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Poor bloke, maybe he pushed his luck a little far this time.
How did he push his luck to far this time??? I have seen videos of divers diving with stingrays lots of time. This could have happened to anyone who dives. Swimming with stingrays isn't really that uncommon. Getting killed by them is rare. The guy was a pro and had never been bit by a venomous snake-ever. He knew what he was doing...
Recent studies have shown that flying a RC helicopter is more addictive than crack cocaine
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09-04-2006 05:31 PM  14 years ago
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I remember when his show first hit the air we were betting on how long the guy would live! I have worked with crocs, venomous snakes etc for years and there are a few simple rules you live by; you don't jump on a crocs back in the water, and you don't grab pit vipers by the tail! Good Ole Steve-O did it all, crazy stuff man. Still he was a great man who was extremely good at what he did and was a HUGE asset to the animal world, he will be sorely missed and like one poster said above, the world is a sadder place without him. Fromeco Field Rep.
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09-04-2006 05:31 PM  14 years ago
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I still say if it's inevitable then it's atleast not very smart...or you have a death wish
It is inevitable that we will crash flying helicopters but we still do it.

My regards to his family.
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09-04-2006 05:43 PM  14 years ago
Brian Bennett

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A sad loss for the wildlife community and all the people he inspired.

He is survived by a wife and two young children.

Evidently on a Scuba expedition he was spiked by a stingray where it punctured his lung/heart area. You are correct Shuttlekock,very few people have died from stingray. No doubt he was doing what he loved most at the time.
I sure hope to be doing what I love when my time comes.

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09-04-2006 06:47 PM  14 years ago
Tintin

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It is inevitable that we will crash flying helicopters but we still do it.
Small difference between flying helis and stuffing your head in a crocs mouth

It's inevitable that I have to get up in the morning too, still do it, hopefully I won't die from it in another 50 years
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09-04-2006 07:05 PM  14 years ago
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it is inevitable that we will all die one day; it's just seems most will do so after leading extraordinarily boring lives - this can not be said for steve irwin; all due respects to how this man lived his life.
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09-04-2006 07:05 PM  14 years ago
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It's times like this I wish AI was sophisticated enough to filter out broad negativity and allow a thread to focus on the true spirit of the person in question.

My initial post in this thread was ammended out of respect for the recently departed and his family. Perhaps others should do the same.
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09-04-2006 07:36 PM  14 years ago
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And they say fish are good for you
Rest in peace Steve
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09-04-2006 08:02 PM  14 years ago
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This is a loss to many. I think it is sad that some would speak out against his actions. He did what he had a passion for and I am sure he knew the consequences. He alone paid for his actions. and he had what looked to be an exciting and fulfilling life even though it was cut short. I do feel for his wife and kids however."Respect my Authoritiah!"
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09-04-2006 08:08 PM  14 years ago
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It's hard to believe he's gone. The way he carried on he has to related to our family(My last name is Irwin also).
Rest in Peace Steveo.
Welcome my son, Welcome to the machine
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09-04-2006 08:36 PM  14 years ago
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Stephen Robert Irwin was born to Lyn and Bob Irwin in Victoria in February 1962. Bob Irwin was a keen enthusiast of reptiles and moved his family to Queensland in 1970 to start a small reptile park at Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast. Australia Zoo became a true family business, flourishing until 1991 when Bob & Lyn retired, turning over management to their son, Steve.

Living in the Zoo, Steve grew up with animals of all kinds, taking part in the animals daily feeding, care and maintenance. His 6th birthday present was what he had always wanted his very own scrub python! It was 3.6m (12ft) long and while most other children were opening cans of pet food for their cats or dogs, Steve was out catching fish and hunting rodents to feed to his crocodiles and snakes.

Bob taught the young Steve everything there was to know about reptiles even teaching his nine-year-old how to jump in and catch crocodiles in the rivers of North Queensland at night. This father and son's proud boast is that every crocodile in their Zoo (the numbering some 100 animals) was either caught by their bare hands or bred and raised in their Zoo.

As he grew older Steve followed in his father's footsteps and volunteered his services to the Queensland Governments East Coast Crocodile Management program which saw him spend years living on his own in the mosquito infested creeks, rivers and mangroves of North Queensland catching huge crocodiles single-handed. His record of successful catches is still staggering to this day.

Since 1991, Australia Zoo has flourished and expanded under Steve's guidance. In 1990 a chance reunion with his friend, television producer John Stainton, filming in the Zoo for a TV commercial, gave Steve the opportunity to show his diverse animal talents to the world when they both took a punt and make the first documentary, "The Crocodile Hunter" in 1992.

The tremendous success of this one program quickly encouraged the making of more and so over the next 3 years, 10 one hour episodes were made and on television screens all over the world. Steve has now filmed over 70 episodes of "The Crocodile Hunter", 53 episodes of "Croc Files", 43 episodes of "Croc Diaries" and his next television series is called "The New Breed Vets" for release in 2005.

Steve has the greatest respect and understanding for all animals something that has been instilled into him by his family for all of his life and he's proud to share his passion with everyone who visits his Zoo and with his five hundred million viewers world-wide.
R.I.P. He was the worlds best at what he did.
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09-04-2006 09:17 PM  14 years ago
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He will be sadly missed.
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