It has been about four months since we all learned of the death of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. I still find it hard to believe he is gone. He worked with creatures far more dangerous than the stingray that killed him. After Steve’s death, we heard all types of statistics about how stingray attacks are rare and even then, even fewer are fatal. I cannot remember the exact statistic, but I think I remember Steve was the first person to be killed by a stingray in something like 40+ years.
You may have watched the memorial that aired for Steve shortly after his death. It was during that memorial that his eight-year-old daughter Bindi vowed to continue her father’s work through his Wildlife Warriors organization and brought a tear to many eyes in the audience. Mom Terri has already said Bindi has the same special relationship with animals that her father did.
Recently, there has been a bit more news about Steve. The Department of Main Roads in Queensland has renamed Glasshouse Mountains Road (which runs in front of the Australia Zoo) to Steve Irwin Way to memorialize him.
We will also get to see footage from the special (“Ocean’s Deadliest”) that Steve was working on when he was killed. It was announced this week that a two-hour special would air January 21 on both The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet starting at 8:00 pm. The show will contain 90 minutes of footage from the special “Ocean’s Deadliest” and be followed by the 30 minute “The Steve Irwin Tribute.” “Ocean’s Deadliest” will be narrated by oceanographer Phillipe Cousteau (grandson of Jacque) who was with Steve when he was killed. “The Steve Irwin Tribute” will feature never before seen footage of Steve’s adventure as well as interviews with Terri and other family members and friends.
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