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    The Crocodile Hunter is dead


    by Katy on 4th September, 2006 at 3:43 pm    

    I interrupt today’s Pickling to bring you news which cuts across all races, creeds, political beliefs, classes and geographical boundaries: Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter, is dead.

    His televisual style was bizarre, but strangely effective. There were times when he came out with absolute nonsense, but nonetheless I was very fond of him, because of his genuine love for all animals no matter how scaly, slimy, creepy-crawly or homicidal they were. Many of my happiest rainy Sunday afternoons were spent slumped on the sofa under a blanket, hot chocolate and buttered toast at my elbow, watching Steve, his wife Terri and seven or eight other people trying to get a rather upset-looking trussed-up crocodile, which clearly did not fully appreciate that the nine or ten people sitting on its back were in fact on its side, back into the water where it belonged.

    Steve Irwin was often a figure of fun - by design, I think, rather than by accident - but he was hugely knowledgeable about the creatures he studied and cared for, and he did a huge amount to publicise conservation and environmental issues, and his untimely death is a genuine tragedy.



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    1. Leon — on 4th September, 2006 at 3:53 pm  

      The idiot had it coming if you ask me, you can’t fuck about with the worlds most dangerous creatures and not die at some point…

      Interesting though that this tracks with the religious thread today; both are about death in a number of ways.

    2. Katy — on 4th September, 2006 at 3:55 pm  

      Unexpectedly, he died from a stingray barb which got him in the heart, or so I read. I think he would probably have preferred a maneating crocodile or similar.

    3. Bert Preast — on 4th September, 2006 at 4:02 pm  

      He did have it coming of course. Doesn’t detract from him being one of the genuine real-life superheroes, though. Unlucky, Steve.

    4. Jagdeep — on 4th September, 2006 at 4:19 pm  

      When I first saw the headline on the breakfast news, I imagined he must have been eaten by a crocodile whilst filming. I remember watching a show when he went right up close, face to face with spitting cobras and black mambas and rattlesnakes. Bit of a nutter, but he had this child like enthusiasm and daring that was audacious. Very sad, God Bless You Steve Irwin.

    5. Chairwoman — on 4th September, 2006 at 4:30 pm  

      I loved Steve Irwin. Everything one could say to describe him sounds like a cliche, but he was just right. How many guys could say to his wife, while tying up a huge man eating beast ‘Sit on his head Terri!’, and get away with it?

      May his G-d go with him.

    6. GKGupta — on 4th September, 2006 at 4:39 pm  

      “The idiot had it coming if you ask me, you can’t fuck about with the worlds most dangerous creatures and not die at some point…

      Interesting though that this tracks with the religious thread today; both are about death in a number of ways.

      It’s hardly purely “fucking about” when you have an understanding of the animals in question. That’s like saying The Red Arrows have it coming to them becuase they fuck about with planes!

      i think it’s sad stuff that he died, he was one of the most interesting wild life presenters around.

    7. Leon — on 4th September, 2006 at 4:49 pm  

      That’s like saying The Red Arrows have it coming to them becuase they fuck about with planes!

      Not quite, he knew the risks. You can’t compare an unpredictable creature to a machine which is under human control!

      Tbh I didn’t view him as a proper wild life presenter, he was an entertainer who used to animals to that end.

    8. GKGupta — on 4th September, 2006 at 4:54 pm  

      machinery seems to be pretty unpredictable too these days!

      i considered him a proper wild life presenter with a personality… a lot of them are boring as fuck!

    9. Leon — on 4th September, 2006 at 4:58 pm  

      Boring like them lot off the really wild show, or Bill Odey or erm that other guy?

    10. Katy — on 4th September, 2006 at 4:59 pm  

      I thought he was more valuable in terms of getting people interested in wildlife and conservation than in a sort of Nobel Prize-ish way. But he ran a zoo for quite a long time before he became a presenter, or at least I think he did, so he must have been quite knowledgeable too.

      But I agree that if you make a living out of spending lots of quality time with poisonous stingy toothy things that weigh four tons, you’re asking for trouble.

    11. GKGupta — on 4th September, 2006 at 5:02 pm  

      “Boring like them lot off the really wild show, or Bill Odey or erm that other guy?”

      all of them are boring!

      except that dude on the really wild show who had a pony tail-he used to be pretty cool, and stopped coming on it after a while

    12. Sid — on 4th September, 2006 at 5:05 pm  

      The man was irritating. And no doubt there are many crocs who’re overjoyed and relieved that he’s gone to the Great Croc in the sky.

    13. Leon — on 4th September, 2006 at 5:06 pm  

      The man was irritating. And no doubt there are many crocs who’re overjoyed and relieved that he’s gone to the Great Croc in the sky.

      Finally!

    14. Katy Newton — on 4th September, 2006 at 5:09 pm  

      And no doubt there are many crocs who’re overjoyed and relieved that he’s gone to the Great Croc in the sky.

      But he loved the crocs and was always saving them when they got stuck on the riverbanks and releasing them back into The Wild.

      After he’d sat on their heads a bit first. But hey.

    15. mirax — on 4th September, 2006 at 5:12 pm  

      Er, is he really dead? There was an urban myth a couple of years back that he’d died - mosquito bite or something - and it wasted my time a bit to find proof otherwise. The kids I know love the guy and he’s probably done more to mass-educate people about crocs than any other person. Sad to lose one of our more entertaining, courageous and yes, knowledgeable, personalities.

    16. AsifB — on 4th September, 2006 at 5:14 pm  

      no. 11 GKG - Crave excitement much too do you.

      Nature is meant to be boring - that’s why humans crave civilisation - and are happy to destroy nature most of the time.

      Eric Cartman probably got it right when he siad “Look at the King Croc over there! So graceful! So deadly! i think I’m gonna jump on his back and REALLY PISS HIM OFF!” But i’ll miss Steve I too -

      Nothing rocks watching Sir David Attenborough on mushrooms though.

    17. mirax — on 4th September, 2006 at 5:16 pm  

      >>After he’d sat on their heads a bit first

      And who’s to say they didn’t love Steve for that bit of roughplay?

    18. Chairwoman — on 4th September, 2006 at 5:20 pm  

      I didn’t know Sir David did mushrooms.

    19. Chairwoman — on 4th September, 2006 at 5:21 pm  

      Or did you mean he sat on them, like an elf or something?

    20. Sunny — on 4th September, 2006 at 5:23 pm  

      I think I’m with Katy on this one. Yes he was a tad bit annoying. But I cannot fault a man who loved animals so much. After my own heart.

    21. AsifB — on 4th September, 2006 at 5:46 pm  

      no. 19 - Chairwoman - I think sitting on an elk is only slightly less safe than sitting on a a croc. I confess I don’t know anything about elves, or Sir David’s drug habits.

      But he gets on well with gorrillas withoiut any showy stuff which is good enough for me.

      Suppossedly from the Sky + adverts, watching Planet Earth on HDTV would be like taking fungi (if you’re only used to analogue)

    22. Sahil — on 4th September, 2006 at 5:53 pm  

      I always used to hope that when he stuck his head into croc’s mouths that they’d bite his smug smiling face off. But now that he gone, it’s not really satisfying =(, RIP

    23. justforfun — on 4th September, 2006 at 6:15 pm  

      A sad day indeed.

      Thanks Katy for posting something that is not about religion.

      It appears he is the third person to die from a stingray stab since records began in OZ. So very unlucky I think.

      Animals are unpredictable only to those who don’t know how to predict their behaviour. Spend any time with any species and you get to see they are mostly working on instinct that programmes them to act in certain ways under certain conditions. So I am not really suprised it was something other than a croc that got him. He knew how crocs behaved but was probably not the expert on stingrays that he needed to be when pushing stingrays to the limit that his wildlife programmes demanded.

      I don’t think I will be breaking the news of his death to my 8 year old daughter who is a a real Mowgli and loves playing with wildlife out in the woods behind us. We visited Australia Zoo a couple of years ago and she loved it but I think the news might put her off handling wildlife. She is fearless at handling spiders and snakes and other creatures of the night and it was a nightmare in OZ to stop her from picking up any spider she found - I think they are all deadly !! But TV does have an effect and can distort the risks involved so even though she is a good swimmer she has already been put off swimming in the sea by a programme on Great Whites off the coast of Britain - I keep telling her there is no future for deepsea diving in a swimming pool. I think she is beginning to rein herself back and self censor herself because of the scare stories that appear on the TV. I think Steve Irvin’s death will just accelerate that process so I won’t tell her. I suppose it is my first deception and will no doubt be the first of many.

      Crocs Rock eescpecially the little cute Ganges Gharial and even the Mugger - but to be honest they taste revolting - like eating raw chicken , even once you have cooked them!!

      Justforfun

    24. Don — on 4th September, 2006 at 6:45 pm  

      He always brought a smile to my face, and you would need to be a miserable churlish git not to regret his loss.

    25. Amir — on 4th September, 2006 at 7:33 pm  

      Leon,

      ‘The idiot had it coming if you ask me.’

      Do not mistake idiocy for bravery. He always came across as being such a knowledgeable guy. I’m very, very sad. :-(

      A fitting tribute from Katy.

    26. Katy Newton — on 4th September, 2006 at 7:37 pm  

      May I take this opportunity to point out that the baby croc in this picture is very very cute. Even if it does look as though it’s waiting for the right moment to take Steve’s head off.

    27. Vikrant a.k.a Amey — on 4th September, 2006 at 7:40 pm  

      WHAT STEVE IRWIN DEAD???

      *sob* *sob*

      The man whose adventures inspired my bpyhood dreams.. is dead… i cant believe it…

    28. Rakhee — on 4th September, 2006 at 8:35 pm  

      I was walking through Euston station this morning where they’ve got huge screens showing the news. When this came up, there was a collective gasp from the crowds.

      It’s such a shame. He’s leaving behind 2 beautiful young children. A good dad, nature lover and an all round genuine chap - a rather rare species in himself if you think about it.

      Raise your glasses in honour of Mr Irwin.

    29. Sunny — on 5th September, 2006 at 2:44 am  

      There is something to be said for Steve Erwin’s enduring popularity. Forget PP interrupting its political coverage for this (quite rightly), but so did the MPAC website (wtf?) and even Daily Kos.

      Nothing by Michelle Malkin of course. Just goes to show right-wingers have no heart.

    30. Amir — on 5th September, 2006 at 3:30 am  

      Sunny

      ‘Just goes to show right-wingers have no heart.’

      FOX News allotted 50% (30 min) of Hannity & Colmes to the death of Steve Irwin.

      Meaning, of course, that you’re chatting shit.

    31. Amir — on 5th September, 2006 at 3:32 am  

      Professor Sen? Professor of Chemistry…

      Just goes to show left-wingers have no brains. :-)

    32. Sunny — on 5th September, 2006 at 3:44 am  

      It also goes to show right-wingers are easily taunted.

    33. Katy Newton — on 5th September, 2006 at 5:15 am  

      Amir!

      Sunny!

      Do not be blighting my tribute to the Crocodile Hunter with political tauntings!

      That is all.

    34. Rakhee — on 5th September, 2006 at 9:32 am  

      Just heard that apparently there’s footage of what happened and his death. Let the media bid war begin..

      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14675529/

    35. jangal ka king — on 5th September, 2006 at 9:34 am  

      I Love you Samina .I wand to open the darees plz

    36. Leon — on 5th September, 2006 at 10:08 am  
    37. Kismet Hardy — on 5th September, 2006 at 10:25 am  

      I’ll never talk to a stingray again

    38. Bert Preast — on 5th September, 2006 at 1:26 pm  

      Nobody said that Ayrton Senna “had it coming”, did they?

    39. Leon — on 5th September, 2006 at 1:33 pm  

      Any idea of the probabilities of death racing F1 compared to mucking about with some of the worlds most dangerous and unpredictable creatures? I know which one I’d rather do for a living!;)

    40. Amir — on 5th September, 2006 at 4:57 pm  

      Katy,

      Your blog is so awesome…

      ‘Where are all these big boob-loving men I keep reading about? I never meet any of them… I am less busy than I was, partly because there is no market for the small-waisted big-breasted woman anymore’

      ME! ME! MEEEEEEE! [*temporarily unable to speak English*] Me like you! Me like your kind!

      Thank you so much [*sobbing * *sobbing*]. Thank. You. Katy. [*sniff* *sniff*]

      You have restored my faith in the female race.

      Please, if The Amir can be of any service, I am more than willing…

    41. DiamondGeeza — on 5th September, 2006 at 5:11 pm  

      r.i.p. regardless of what people think of the man, it’s a tragedy in any way you look at it. may he rest in peace.

    42. Amir — on 5th September, 2006 at 5:13 pm  

      Here, here.

    43. Jai — on 5th September, 2006 at 5:25 pm  

      Gloating over someone’s death is very bad form, even if he/she may have deliberately placed themselves in harm’s way. What’s done is done. In the case of Steve Irwin in particular, who was certainly not some kind of mass-murderer or similarly malevolant person, any response other than hoping he rests in peace and wishing strength & support to his grief-stricken family is unacceptable.

    44. Leon — on 5th September, 2006 at 5:31 pm  

      Sorry, but black humour and cynicism is a speciality of mine. I’m as sad about his passing as I was when Diana popped her cloggs.

    45. Sid — on 5th September, 2006 at 5:51 pm  

      Yeah, I loved Richard Pryor too.

    46. ill man — on 5th September, 2006 at 10:26 pm  

      Funny old world. Reminds me of Mike Hailwood who raced motorcycles and cars for over twenty years, but died in a car crash on the way to the chippy. You are always at your most vulnerable when you don’t know where the danger is coming from or even that it exists at all.

      (Yes, I know Irwin would have been aware of the effects of a stingray barb, but I don’t think he’d ever have bargained on it being such a good shot. Compared to his usual antics, tis would have been decidedly ‘low risk’)

      Sad to hear of his passing. Couldn’t stand his presenting style but he seems to have been one of the good guys.

    47. plugga — on 6th September, 2006 at 6:44 am  

      he done good.
      have a read:
      http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,20350404-5001021,00.html

    48. plugga — on 6th September, 2006 at 6:47 am  

      taken from that site:

      “But I put my life on the line to save animals.”

      “Every cent we earn from Crocodile Hunter goes straight back into conservation. Every single cent.”

      “Herein lies our problem. If we level that much land to grow rice and whatever, then no other animal could live there except for some insect pest species. Which is very unfortunate.”

      “I am optimistic globally. So many scientists are working frantically on the reparation of our planet.”

      “I believe our biggest issue is the same biggest issue that the whole world is facing, and that’s habitat destruction.”

      “I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.”

    49. plugga — on 6th September, 2006 at 6:55 am  

      The man was a fucking genius.

      not content just to complain and woe about the environment, he actually got out there and made a shitload of money: which he used to buy vast tracts of land for conservation. not content just to blame the politicians, he actually got in their good sides, and affected their decisions. he didnt care about politics, he just said, ‘this party is in power - they’re the government - im going to influence them anyway way i cann. and he did. witness the successes he won, convincing both state and federal governments to adopt his schemes.

      he loved what he did and died doing it. as he’s quoted, he died working on the very image which allowed him to be such a huge influence. without that fame, without that money he wouldnt have been able to do what he did.

      an expert in his field yet completely uneducated, a passionate down to earth man universally admired for his warmth and shit, an entertainer and a showman, he was the complete deal.

      love ya steve, goodbye mate

    50. funkg — on 6th September, 2006 at 4:41 pm  

      i thought the guy was great a real joy, although a part of me thought ’stop bothering dem animals nah man!’

    51. Kismet Hardy — on 6th September, 2006 at 5:08 pm  

      Re posts 43 & 44

      Mocking someone in death is in bad form, but shouldn’t be ‘unacceptable’. When I die, I’m dead, I don’t care who takes the piss. I’d rather be mindful of not upsetting those that are alive. And if that includes said dead person’s well-wishers, then I ought to be mindful of that

      I’ve lost my thread. I’m sure I didn’t start off thinking I’d end up sitting on the fence but my bum hurts now

      Um…

    52. Sid — on 6th September, 2006 at 5:17 pm  

      Australia were going to give the dead croc boy a State Funeral! See this is what happens when you have a stupid PM and lose allegiance to the Royal Family.

    53. Katy Newton — on 6th September, 2006 at 11:35 pm  

      I would back Steve Irwin’s entitlement to a state funeral to the hilt!

      To the HILT!

      I mean, if Princess Di got one…?

    54. Danny — on 7th September, 2006 at 4:21 pm  

      You’re right Leon. He had it coming. Just like me, just like you. We all have it coming. So what’s the harm in living your life to the fullest so that when it does come you at least did what you wanted with your life? Life is not meant to be taken as a pansy, worried about every little thing that could happen to you. Sure Steve’s level of acceptable risk is higher than yours, but since we all have it coming, why not play the stakes a little higher and ’suck all the marrow out of life?” Steve lived a life that I know many people would love to experience. It is because people aren’t willing to take risks that their lives have not headed down that ‘childish’ path toward doing exactly what they always dreamed of doing.

    55. Chairwoman — on 7th September, 2006 at 5:14 pm  

      I like what Irwin senior said when he turned down the State Funeral. It was something along the lines of ‘He’d have been honoured that it was offered, but he thought of himself as an ordinary bloke, and he’d have wanted an ordinary bloke’s funeral’. Perfect.

    56. Leon — on 7th September, 2006 at 5:19 pm  

      @ Danny, talk about missing the point. There’s a world of difference between screwing around with dangerous animals and enjoying your life.

      As a friend said to me the other night they thought he was quite selfish to carry on that life with all it’s risks when he had a young family. I quite agree, he was selfish and an idiot.

    57. Bert Preast — on 7th September, 2006 at 5:50 pm  

      So soldiers should immediately leave the army on marriage?

    58. Don — on 7th September, 2006 at 7:13 pm  

      Trawlermen, scaffolders, divers; selfish bastards.

    59. Katy Newton — on 7th September, 2006 at 9:33 pm  

      Leon, you do appreciate that what happened to the Crocodile Hunter was as likely to happen to anyone who dives at all as to him? I mean, I could see your point - sort of - if he’d been eaten by one of the crocodiles he hunts, but he was swimming in the sea, for crying out loud. Lots of people swim in waters that contain stingrays and jellyfish on their summer holidays. It’s hardly an extreme sport.

    60. Don — on 7th September, 2006 at 9:40 pm  

      Irwin always maintained that what he did was only perceived as dangerous but, to someone with the right expertise, was actually not. Of course, all he had to back up that claim was 35 years of successful experience while his detractors, like the odious Greer, have, um, …

    61. ill man — on 7th September, 2006 at 10:07 pm  

      I don’t believe he was remotely irresponsible, selfish or an idiot. As I stated before, his animal encounters, whilst containing risk, were obviously situations in which he recognised the danger and had a fair degree of control. He was killed doing something that he would probably have considered ‘minimum risk’. As I said before, you can often be at tremendous risk in situations you feel very safe in.

      Also…

      “As a friend said to me the other night they thought he was quite selfish to carry on that life with all it’s risks when he had a young family. I quite agree, he was selfish and an idiot.”

      A rather facile thing to say is it not? The fact that his wife and family fully accepted and endorsed his tv work says to me that they have rather different values to you and I. Which comes back to Danny’s point.

    62. Rakhee — on 7th September, 2006 at 10:40 pm  

      He had it coming? What a ridiculous thing to say.

      1. He managed to educate, protect and promote wildlife to the a vast amount of the most important generation in this planet (children) and has saved so many animals it is untrue. Give respect where respect is due.

      2. That’s like saying policemen have it coming when they get shot in a riot. Or fireman. Or doctors when patients go mental on them. Or teachers.

      The people who are on the frontline deserve utmost credit to have the balls to do what a lot of people can’t.

      Even if he’d have died saving a crocodile, I would be saying the same thing.

    63. Hill — on 7th September, 2006 at 10:48 pm  

      The guy just died, cant you people be nice. He’s family is in pain and all you can do is bash the man. Personally I loved the guy and everything about him!!!!!!!!!

    64. Leon — on 12th September, 2006 at 2:24 pm  

      A measure of a star in his fans:

      Irwin fans ‘in revenge attacks’

      A stingray in a Sydney aquarium
      Stingrays have been found dead on two Queensland beaches

      Dead stingrays with their tails cut off have been found in Australia, sparking concern that fans of naturalist Steve Irwin may be avenging his death.

      Mr Irwin, a TV personality known as the “Crocodile Hunter”, was killed while diving in Queensland when a stingray’s barb stabbed him in the chest.

      Since then, 10 stingrays have been found mutilated on Queensland beaches.

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/5338118.stm

    65. Kismet Hardy — on 12th September, 2006 at 2:28 pm  

      That’s fucking hilarious

    66. Leon — on 12th September, 2006 at 2:30 pm  

      Dear me looking over some of these comments it’s like Diana syndrome all over again…

    67. Kismet Hardy — on 12th September, 2006 at 2:37 pm  

      He was, like, sniff, the king of trouts

    68. Jackie Brown — on 12th September, 2006 at 7:07 pm  

      “At least 10 stingrays have been killed since “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin was fatally injured by one of the fish, an official said Tuesday, prompting a spokesman for the late TV star’s animal charity to urge people not take revenge on the animals”

      Racism/Sexism/Religious hatred is ’so over’ specisism is the way forward!

      http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2006/09/12/international/i034523D91.DTL

    69. Bert Preast — on 12th September, 2006 at 8:11 pm  

      Frankly if those bastards can kill Irwin none of us are safe. Wipeout, I say.

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