The Crocodile Hunter is no more, but on the up side his children should now have a better chance for survival!
Australia Zoo, the wildlife park Irwin ran in northeastern Queensland state, issued a statement confirming he was killed Monday "by a stingray barb to his heart" while filming a sequence for his daughter's new television series on the Great Barrier Reef. More here
Never in a million would I have guessed that a stingray spine to the heart would be the way he would go but he is an original.
Thank you Steve for all the amazing shows! You have left a rich Legacy!
Steve Robert Irwin - Short Biography
-- Born in February 1962 to parents Lyn and Bob Irwin. His parents were animal naturalists.
-- 1968 - Steve was given a pet Scrub Python for his birthday. He would go out and catch rodents to feed his snake while his friends opened cans of pet food for their cats and dogs.
-- 1970 - The family moved to Queensland and started a small reptile park at Beerwah (Sunshine Coast). It became known as Australia Zoo and was a true family business. Steve was brought up in the Zoo and was involved in the daily feeding and care of the animals. He was also involved in the Zoo's day-to-day maintenance work. When he was nine his dad taught him how to jump and catch crocodiles in the rivers at night. Apparently every crocodile in the Zoo was either born there or caught with bare hands.
-- 1991 - Bob and Lyn retired. Steve took over management of the Zoo. The Zoo has flourished and expanded. A meeting with friend, TV Producer John Stainton, lead to the beginning of the program ‘Crocodile Hunter' in 1992, which became hugely popular all over the world.
-- 1992 - Steve married Terri Raines, from Oregon, USA.
-- 24 July 1998 - Daughter, Bindi Sue was born.
-- 1 December 2003 - Son Robert (Bob) Clarence was born