Post details: Very brief news update before my "real daily post" goes up - Steve Irwin's Passing...

09/04/06

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Very brief news update before my "real daily post" goes up - Steve Irwin's Passing...

I woke up, as usual this morning, grabbed a coffee and turned on the radio for some news and heard about Steve Irwin's passing...

Steve Irwin

I can't say I personally knew Mr. Irwin... and I'm also as sure that three-thousand blog entries on this will be put up in the next day or two... but I feel I have to do mine as well... so bear with me.

Irwin was killed today while filming a documentary on demystifying stingrays... and was killed by one himself.

I mentioned on Northview Diary that although Irwin was a very wise man who knew the limits of his own (and human's in general) levels of interference with wild animals, this was a poignant reminder that wild animals are just that... wild.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and his two children today...

Yesterday afternoon, Sue and I talked about Irwin (and other naturalistic TV shows) mentioning the dangerous activities they sometimes undertake in them... so when Sue followed me up today and I told her, the first words out of her mouth were "That's weird."

I often have made/do make observations about our work for the news media and documentaries... I often say that they want "The Ghost Hunter" which I'm not really comfortable playing that part... but I often joked, in a strong, faux, Australian accent...

"We're here on the trail of the elusive and DANGEROUS ghostie... Dainjah, dainjah, dainjah! Crikey! There's one now! He's a big fella! It's awright mate, it's awright... He's a bit grumpy, arencha? He's a FIESTY ghost!"

This was not done to poke fun at Irwin... it was done in EXTREME admiration, with tongue planted firmly in cheek. He brought wildlife and nature to many people in an entertaining and yes, educational way without making it dry and boring... I think I admired him as his zest and zeal and passion for his study is how we feel about our own studies.

Steve Irwin Memorial

Above is a make-shift memorial using the sculpted crocodile outside the Australia Zoo...

Steve Irwin, think him a nut or a weirdo, was an educator who made learning fun... and a genuine character... and probably did more in his short forty-four years for the promotion of the natural environment then many do in a much lengthier lifespan.

Again, our thoughts to his wife and two children on this sad day.

(The images used above are from the BBC News Website.)

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Comment from: administration [Member] Email · http://www.helpcoverthebus.com/
Rest in peace .... Steve Irwin may have died very young, but he did more in his 44 years than most of us would in several life times.

My heart goes out to his family ...
PermalinkPermalink 09/04/06 @ 11:09
Comment from: threecollie [Visitor] · http://northviewdiary.blogspot.com/
Well said, good post
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