Steve Irwin. A National TreasureMikey 20 comments
Australian News sites are coming under heavy fire today, to the point of timing out on even the most popular sources during the scramble to get more information on what at first sounds like a tasteless prank. But this is no prank. The news regarding the demise of our famous crocodile hunter is sadly true.
At around 11am Eastern Standard today, Steve Irwin, while filming a documentary at Port Douglas, was killed when a sting ray barb penetrated his chest. He was killed instantly.
Emergency services pronounced him dead at the scene. A tragic loss not only to his family, but to all Australians.
Steve Irwin aside from being known around the globe as 'the crocodile hunter' was also a massive contributor and supporter of animal and wildlife conservation. Owner of the Australia Zoo in Brisbane, Irwin was also somewhat of a political conservationist being an outspoken critic of the slaughter of wildlife in Australia.
It was certainly far from Irwin's time. The lovable larrikin had a great deal more to teach and show us. He was wise, funny, inspiring, and without a doubt one of our greatest national treasures.
He will be missed by all.
Update: As a tribute, Enough Rope will be replaying the 2003 interview with Steve Irwin tonight on ABC at 9.35pm. You can also read the Enough Rope transcript of this interview here and from an interview with both Steve and Terri (March 2004) here.