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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

"Croakey!"

RIP Steve Irwin, "The Crocodile Hunter" (on right),
1962 - 2006


Yesterday afternoon, I found the report of Steve Irwin's death to be very sad. Sure, he was kind of an embarrassment as far as international celebrities go (what with all the "Crikey!" and "Streuth!" and other comments like that as he was representing the rest of us Australians to the world), but his heart was in the right place. And in the end, that's what killed him. The stingray struck him in the chest, causing his death within minutes.

A painful way to die, but I suppose he went out the way we always expected he would - killed by a beastie he was getting far too close to.

I hope the lessons he tried to teach authorities and other bodies who hunt and kill defenseless animals indiscriminately will be remembered now that he's gone ... rather than forgotten while they continue to kill en masse.

I'm not normally one to post an environmental or conservationist message here, so while I'm at it: Car pool.


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9 Comments:

At Tuesday, September 05, 2006 5:10:00 pm, Blogger MelbourneGirl said...

i also found it sad. i had never seen anything of him, other than those embarrassing clips of him jumping on native fauna. but i saw the re-run of an interview with him on denton last night and i found him, simply, charismatic and i couldn't take my eyes off him. he was also a lot bigger than i'd imagined. for some reason, i thought he might be a short-man syndrome sufferer hence the over-the-topness of his persona as a way of compensating. but no, he was a large man. and very entertaining. i hate it when people slag him off, or anyone else whose died really, just because they might have been a tool. there has to be some compassion, unless they are a completely evil monster, ie hitler and other assorted mass murderers etc.

 
At Tuesday, September 05, 2006 6:57:00 pm, Blogger Jeremy said...

but his heart was in the right place. And in the end, that's what killed him.

Very droll.

 
At Tuesday, September 05, 2006 8:39:00 pm, Anonymous CBomb said...

Hitler was an animal libber.

 
At Wednesday, September 06, 2006 12:01:00 am, Anonymous Chuck A. Spear said...

Yeah he did the right thing by people and animals.

Feel sorry for his wife and kids.

Why people are being so mean I don't know.

 
At Wednesday, September 06, 2006 1:14:00 pm, Blogger MelbourneGirl said...

i think people are mean because inside they are gleeful, if not relieved, that it's happened to someone else. like someone mentioned somewhere, schadenfreude at its best. also, there are just alot of mean people around. especially here, where there's a certain amount of anonymity, and people can be less inhibited than perhaps in real life.

 
At Thursday, September 07, 2006 11:13:00 am, Blogger LadyCracker said...

...and Recycle BEVIS, don't forget to recycle.

 
At Thursday, September 07, 2006 5:45:00 pm, Blogger BEVIS said...

MelbourneGirl, it's funny to see how much we all admired him deep down, even though we probably wouldn't have said very many nice things about him (to each other) while he was alive. I'm the same. While he was alive, jumping around on TV and 'embarrassing' us to the rest of the world, I would have cringed and turned it off. But suddenly I find myself (like most people, it seems) rushing to support him for being what we all pretty much universally agree he was; a top bloke, an extremely happy & friendly guy, and an amazingly effective animal rights activist.

MrLefty, thanks. :) I couldn't help myself. But I wasn't trying to be mean. That's the only joke I made. Besides the post's title. And the 'car pool' thing. And specifying that he's on the right in the photo. But that's it.

CBomb, are you suggesting we kill all animal liberationists? (I'm not saying I'm not okay with that; I'm just checking.)

Chuck A. Spear, don't you hail from a satirical website??! It almost sounds weird to hear you saying something like that. But I don't mean to offend you: I think it's good. I don't know why people would lash out at him, particularly after he's dead. Apparently The Spoonman on Triple M ripped into him on Monday night, and callers revolted so much he spent all of Tuesday night on air taking angry callers and apologising for the timing (but not his views, true to form). And this whole Germaine Greer thing is appalling. She should take a good hard look at herself before she starts accusing other high profile Aussies of being an embarrassment to the rest of us!

MelbourneGirl, more wise words from you. I guess we're all just selfish beings at heart, eh? Self-preservation, etc? Makes good sense on one level, but when it rears its ugly head in such a way as it has this week, it's really not on.

LadyCracker, good point. Thank you. Also: Turn off all power points if they're not in use.

 
At Thursday, September 07, 2006 10:24:00 pm, Blogger fluffy said...

but his heart was in the right place. And in the end, that's what killed him.

I've come back twice to read that. Awesome.

 
At Monday, September 18, 2006 11:21:00 pm, Blogger noshie said...

I know I'm a bit late with my comment but I heard the news in France and got all of my information from CNN and BCC. People from outside Australia have nothing but kind words to say about Steve. I thought that the International media might not really cover this, but last night in England I watched a very nice tribute to him.
Noshie

 

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