#4 Posted on 4.9.06 0917.34 Reposted on: 4.9.13 0922.57
I gotta say, I always thought he was invincible. And to die of such a freak occurrence as a stingray barb to the heart. The news bites all say that no one's died of a stingray attack in like 25 years. All the deadly animals he's had such close calls with, crocs and poisonous snakes and man-eating lions, and this is what gets him.
#7 Posted on 4.9.06 1419.51 Reposted on: 4.9.13 1422.16
Considering a death a Sting Ray is rare it's quite unexpected. Jach Hanna from the Columbus Zoo, 3hrs from the house here, had this to say,
"It's unbelievable, really," Jack Hanna, the host of "Jack Hanna's Animal Adventure" and director emeritus of the Columbus (Ohio) Zoo, told CNN. "You think of Steve Irwin and you think 'indestructible.' " http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=5362163
I got to listen to his phone interview about noon and it said it is so rare to die from a Sting Ray so what ever happened had to be a freak accident. They do have venom but not even enought to kill a human. What did Steve in was it went right into his heart. Sad, so sad, because the animals of this world lost a great communicatior for them. He wasn't the only one but he was one the best of them. I'll miss you Steve Irwin...CROCS RULE!
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#10 Posted on 5.9.06 1135.49 Reposted on: 5.9.13 1136.58
Yeah, he went down doing what he loved- and he left a big legacy behind. (Several wildlife foundations, and the Australian Zoo in its present state).
A lot of people have said, "Im not surprised". I think it is a shocker- He was a professional, and although he seemed to be prodding dangerous wildlife; he knew what he was doing and he did it to educate us, it took a freak accident like this to take the man down.
I read the wikipedia article, only around a dozen people have ever been fatally stung by a sting ray, Mr. Irwin's death being the only known recorded instance. (EDIT: Recorded on film I mean)
The sad part is that the removal may have killed him. If he had kept the barb in, perhaps the blood loss may have been lessened and perhaps he could have survived to safety. Of course, its not like he could have known that the ray had hit in the exact right spot to be fatal, so he was only doing the proper and natural response. Just another thing to shake your head at and be amazed about.
I loved the guy. He seemed to truly care about the animals he was showing to us, and loved them in a way that I suspect most animal-rights activists never truly will.
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