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Monday, September 04, 2006

Crikey...

The Crocodile Hunter is dead... He died after being struck in the chest by a stingray's barb while he was filming a documentary in Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. It's hard to believe, but on the other hand... He constantly played with danger, although he always knew exactly what he was doing. He took calculated risks, but enormous risks nevertheless. The stingray must have felt threatened, because they only sting in defense; attacks on humans are rare.

My thoughts go out to his wife Terri, daughter Bindi (8) and son Bob (2). Through the television shows it almost feels as if we know them. Ron and I are big fans of Steve's programs. He leaves a wonderful legacy. He made Australia Zoo into a huge success and did a lot of good. A big loss...

the bad news
wikipedia on Steve
NNDB on Steve

5 comments:

  1. Yeah, I have very mixed feelings about this. Although I liked his programs, I didn't like his other projects. To mention one: he tried for a long time to get a permit for hourly helicopter flights around the Glasshouse Mountains. Which meant that one of our uncles (and his neighbours), who lives on a farm at the foot of Mount Beerwah, would have had a very noisy helicopter come over his house and land every hour! So, I totally supported the anti-Steve lobby in this. But having him die all of a sudden is a bit more than wished for.

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  2. I think it is so terribly sad that he has died in such unusual circumstances. I always expected him to go in a croc attack, or snake bite,or something like that. But, a stingray, which are normally placid creatures... how bizarre. I guess he went doing something he loved. I feel terribly sad for his family, though. His kids are so young. My sympathy goes out to his family.
    Take care, Meow

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  3. Anonymous5/9/06 13:39

    Zoals ik had geschreven vóór ik van Blogger afgeknalt werd:
    Ik vind het erg zielig voor zijn vrouw en kinderen! Ik heb hem nooit leuk gevonden, maar dit wens je echt niemand toe. Ik heb zelfs gedroomd over die rog.
    Wel denk ik dat hij het er naar heeft gemaakt. Hij speelde met zijn leven, en zo zie je maar weer dat de natuur altijd het laatste woord heeft...

    Nathalie
    PS ik kan niet posten met mijn account omdat ik de Beta heb en jij niet :(

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  4. You know Im way more saddened about this than i thought id be. The more time that passes, the sadder I find it.

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  5. You will be sadly missed, but your memory shall live on. Keep fighting for all of the endangered animals that cannot fight for themselves. A good man, father, and catchy cry, “Crikey!” will always be remembered. Our thoughts are with the Terri and the children at this time.

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