Monday, September 04, 2006

Steve Irwin killed by stingray

Australia's inimitable wildlife protagonist, Steve Irwin, 44, father of two small children, has been killed. The tireless champion of nature, wildlife and the environment, was killed in a freak accident while swimming above a stingray off Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia. The stingray's barbed tail punctured his chest, leaving a hole in his heart and resulting in almost instant death.

His 8 year-old daughter had accompanied him on the trip and was in the boat when he was hauled on board. He also leaves a 3 year-old son and his wife, Terri.

My kids love his show, "The Crocodile Hunter", on The Discovery Channel, and repeat his oft expressed views on the protection of all species, no matter how scary or dangerous to humans some of those species may seem to be. Regarding the world's most dangerous snakes and other reptiles, amphibians and fish, my kids will tell you, "If you leave them alone, they'll leave you alone."

"Steve, from all God's creatures, thank you. Rest in peace." Joe Gandelman has some nice comments as well as some links that you may wish to take a look at. Some people, besides his family, of course, have been personally affected. Others, unfortunately, think it's pretty funny.

RIP, Steve Irwin.

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