According to Reuters, Steve Irwin was killed by a stingray today. My condolences go out to the Irwin family as well as the entire country of Australia – Irwin had an profound impact on environmentalism and naturalism.
I hope folks don't take this the wrong way, but it's not a surprise to me that this happened. I never thought, in watching his show, that this would be a matter of ‘if', it was simply a matter of ‘when'. I even spoke to my father and my son about it… I loved the show but I really felt that Irwin took some incredible risks.
Australia has lost a wonderful and colourful son. – Australia Prime Minister John Howard
I remember watching one show where Irwin was bit by a snake that he couldn't identify and the entire crew sprinted back to their vehicles to identify whether or not it was poisonous. It wasn't, but that's when I decided that Irwin took risks far beyond the normal human being. As time goes by and you continue to defy danger, isn't it natural to take greater risks?
Had he not taken these risks, he may not have brought as much attention to his cause as he did. However, I can't help but wonder if it was worth it. Either way, Irwin is now a martyr for environmentalism and naturalism. Irwin was killed by the very cause he loved and lived to educate the world about.
Australia Prime Minister John Howard may have worded the tragedy best, stating “Australia has lost a wonderful and colourful son.”
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