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Eric Kleefeld
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Steve Irwin was a man who had a brilliant idea:  instead of a nature show featuring some droll, monotone narration, he instead shared his love of the wild with a stage persona that communicated his own excitement and fascination;  and he was a dedicated advocate for the environment and conservation.  He'll be missed.
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The best programme I saw him in was where he was living in central Africa and catching unbelievably poisonous snakes.  His enthusiasm for chasing green mambas, a snake whose bite will kill a human in 20 minutes and for which there is no anti-venom, was as amusing as it was bizarre.  The way he held onto these mambas when he caught them was insane, holding it between his legs as the critters did their best to bite him all over while he spoke to them like a mate who had had a bit too much to drink - "Don't bite me in the face, mate - that'd be horrible!". 

Like I said in an earlier post, no-one can really be surprised he has ended up dead prematurely.

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"You're allright, mate! You're allright!"

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"Crikey!" - The guy was crazy but he was very entertaining, I am in stock that he was done in my a stingray of all things

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Stingrays have a toxin-loaded spine on the top of their tail. Stings, while painful, are rarely fatal according to Shaun Collin, a University of Queensland marine scientist. Collin said he suspected Irwin died because the barb pierced his heart.
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Kevin Hagerman
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This wasn't a freak accident for someone who did what he did for a living - although no one QUITE did what Steve Irwin did for a living!  Now, had he tripped over a cat or something, THAT would be a freak accident.

I always felt a little sorry for the animals, but Steve never actually hurt any, just possibly frightened.  And he made for some compelling TV.

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Collin said he suspected Irwin died because the barb pierced his heart


That's what the news agencies are reporting.  If he'd been stung anywhere else, he wouldn't have died, just been badly hurt.
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...it's sad for his wife, and his kids (aged 8 and 3)...

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Okay, time for me to rain on this parade. I didn't know he had kids. YOUNG kids. This alters the mix considerably.   This makes him an ASSHOLE. Cops and firemen, to name but two, place their lives on the line every day to protect others. There was nothing Steve Irwin was doing that he could not have done -- as did, say, David Attenborough -- without putting his life at risk.

This takes this from tragedy to stupidity, and, worse, irresponsibility.

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Gary Hart
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maybe he was one of those people who had an unknown (to him) high allergy to this Stingray venom; kinda the way some people die every year from bee stings.
I wonder if Stingray sting is like that of a jellyfish? I know I've heard people die from them. In any case...a senseless death; I think w some of those venoms you can get a preventive shot to ward off death....a shame...
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Having NOT died several times, when he could very easily have done just that, perhaps he just took that one risk too many.  He was knocking on a bit and maybe his reaction times weren't what they were.

 

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He said he was trying to be a modern Tarzan, going out and doing nature studies up close. I think he was something of a showoff and certainly reckless. It's unfortunate that he died but not surprising in the least. Anyone who treats encounters with dangerous animals as an extreme sport can't hope for a long life expectancy-- and when you have young kids, it's doubly reckless, and irresponsible, to risk your life grabbing crocodiles by the tail and playing tag with stingrays.
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Jacob, it surprised me! I figured he was too tough. Certainly too tought to be done in by a freak accident. I wonder what the odds are to have a stingray's spike hit right between the ribs?
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