Monday, 4 September 2006, Australia's greatest wildlife icon Steve Irwin was killed in the process of filming a documentary "Ocean's Deadliest". Reports suggests that he was filming one of the stingrays when he got too close to it. He was swimming above it when the barb of the toxin-loaded tail pierced through his heart. Australia's marine neuroscientist Shaun Collin said that it's extremely unlucky to be killed by a stingray as the chances are very low. Most people get stung by stingrays when they step on their tails and it would only cause an intense pain at the wound site. Moreover, it is not easy to get stung by one, so the chances of getting killed by one?
Died while doing what he loved most, I am certain he had left wonderful memories for himself as well as millions of people of all ages.
Source: Australian Wildlife Protection Council
Everyone wonders what how the zoo (Australia Zoo at Beerwah, south Queensland) will do without him. He has just done so much for the wildlife, and for those who always loved his shows. It's definitely a great loss to everyone. It's shocking and devastating to know of his sudden departure.
He made a trademark of pouncing onto unwatchful crocodiles and capturing them, which later he released them to their natural home. Rescuing trapped crocs or crocs living in a precarious environment which will threaten their survival, he sure is devoted to what he does!
Steve holds a nine-foot female alligator in company with his American wife Terri, in the TV show 'Crocodile Hunter'.(AP photo)
Source: Democrat and Chronicle
Always in our memory, the great conservationalist, the passionate father of wildlife and the proudest daddy on earth. May god bless the great man.