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Steve Irwin: “Born a Wildlife Warrior, Die a Wildlife Warrior”

I have no fear of losing my life – if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it. – Steve Irwin

It is said that a man is the most dangerous animal on the planet. True! But every now and then we have experienced and seen some great examples of life. A life that cares about other living beings, a life that is selfless and believes in humanity. One such example was Steve Irwin popularly known as “The crocodile hunter”. Died at an early age of 44 in 2006, Steve dedicated his life to animals.

Family

Born on 22nd February in 1962 Steve was a perfect birthday gift to his mother Lyn Irwin. He received the love of animal from his parents as his father was interested in herpetology while his mother was a wildlife rehabilitator. He met his wife Terrie Raines in 1991 when she visited Australia to wildlife rehabilitation. They got engaged four months before getting married in Eugene on 4 June 1992.

Steve and Terrie had two children Bindi Sui Irwin and Robert Clarence Irwin. Terrie supported Steve in his love for animals, as a result, the first footage of The Crocodile Hunter was actually taken during their honeymoon.

Wildlife Journey- The birth of ‘crocodile hunter’

Irwin was introduced to reptiles at a very young age of 6 years he was gifted a 12 foot Python. He started working with his father in the small Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park (today’s Australia Zoo). He would go and feed the crocodile and at the age of 9, he wrestled his first crocodile, under the guidance of his father of course.

The Journey

  • Took over the zoo in 1991.
  • Volunteered in Queensland’s East Coast Crocodile Management program and captured over 100 crocodiles.
  • In 1996 Steve debuted on TV in Australia and soon spread across the US, UK and became popular in more than 130 countries.
  • Steve became a household name and the series continued till 2007

Irwin and became popular throughout the world even today he is fondly known as “the crocodile hunter” and the series are telecasted over and over again on the animal planet every now and then. Following the show, he further made Croc files, the crocodile hunter Diaries, and the new breed Vets.

He was also popular for his “khaki” coloured cloths and Australian accent along with his catchphrase- ‘Crikey’.

Criticism

Steve was seldom criticized for his work. He was said to go too far in his stunts by some people every now and then:

  • He was not taken well shooting near the polar animals such as whales, penguins, and seals.
  • He was reported by a child welfare community when he held his month old son in his lap while feeding a crocodile.
  • He was said to be about exploiting the animals in his show.

But he was never charged and continued to work with his dedication and selfless desires.

The Final Episode

Irwin died in an accident while shooting for his show off the coast in Queensland, Australia, when he got stung by a stingray and caught cardiac arrest after it. “The crocodile hunter” said goodbye to the world on Sept 04, 2006. He was an all-rounder. Television personality, a zookeeper, science educator, a conservationist but most importantly he was a true human who taught humanity throughout his life.

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