Monday, September 04, 2006

He wasn't the stingray hunter


Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, is no more. While I feel sympathy for his family, there's some poetic justice in a man who regularly taught his audience that dangerous animals were things to be played with, wrestled and filmed for no real purpose--he had a private for-profit animal park, not a research facility, not a program to save endangered animals--losing his life to an animal's natural defenses. Of course, there would have been more justice in his losing it to a crocodile than to a relatively harmless stingray, but I suppose we all have our achilles' heels. But who will hold his children just out of reach of crocodile's jaws now? Crikey!

10 comments:

RottweilerTOM said...

harmless stingray? I think not..

live by the sword and die by the sword

Tyler said...

I said they were relatively harmless. Death due to stingray is almost unheard of, but then they almost never get you in the heart.

John said...

Actually a lot of the "capturing" his did on his show was to bring endangered species into zoos for breeding programs, and he founded a number of conservationalist charities, including Wildlife Warriors Worldwide, International Crocodile Rescue, and the Lyn Irwin Memorial Fund which benefits the Iron Bark Station Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

Tyler said...

Yes, you're right, I was a little unfair to him. He was in favor of, a founder of and a supporter of a number of conservationist groups. At the same time, though, a good deal of his captures were for his private zoo in Australia and the one he had planned in Las Vegas.
I'm sure that my opinion of him has more to do with my own hatefulness than anything else.

Tyler said...

Oh, and his support for John Howard, the greatest living leader.

John said...

I'm sure that my opinion of him has more to do with my own hatefulness than anything else.

Nah, he was, on the whole, annoying. But he did some good stuff.

I just get oddly touched when celebrities die. Entertainment Tonight has trained me well.

RottweilerTOM said...

This is why John Talaga you should never turn cause celebre because Tyler will shred you...

Did I hear correctly that he was getting a Australian state funeral? It's obvious the stingray was had a love interest in a certain croc and it got jealous and took it out on Timmy.

John said...
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John said...

I can't think of anything more horrible than being a celebrity. I'd have to take all those naked pictures of offline.

RottweilerTOM said...

See I got his name wrong..I called him Timmy. Thats how BIG this guy was in my world. State Funeral...go for it!!!!

& where do I find those naked pics??