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With the passing of Steve Irwin yesterday, will you be making any kind of effort to be a part of the....?

work that he did with the conservation of animals? Has this made you think about how life can be taken from you...in the most bizzare and unlucky circumstances?

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it was unlucky...cause three inches to the right or left and he would have been saved. also, bullray are not agressive, the ray was threated by Steve and a camera man on the other side...the ray turned around and put its tail in the air (something like a whip with a bayonet at the end) and Steve was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I met Steve, family friends share a property boarder with Australia Zoo, I live in Cairns, Far North Queensland, this happened on Batt Reef, a reef that I have dived myself three times!

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    we should do something love to help!

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    1 decade ago

    I was shocked, but honestly not surprised, at the news of his accidental death. When you go out in the wild and pursue animals with as much vigor as he did, something is bound to happen. "Unlikely" is not a word I would use to describe what happened to him.

    He took what I think were unnecessary chances with these animals. He looked as though he was harassing them and that was the reason I stopped watching his show. I really don't NEED to see someone grab a 20 foot long python (for example) to appreciate the beauty of it or to learn to protect it.

    According to an expert on the news tonight, stingrays are usually very docile and shy. Children in the south Pacific area can ride on them. The use of their stinger is not even a conscious reaction--it's automatic when the stingray is, in some way, threatened, like it's being restrained or stomped on. Somehow or another, this particular animal was being manipulated to the point that the sharp edge of it's stinger swung up and smacked him right in the heart, like a large box cutter blade.

    Yes, a very tragic way for him to die, but not completely "unlikely" or unexpected.

    Life is fleeting and we never know what will happen to us. I thank God every day for my life. I have always loved and respected animals so their conservation, and that of their habitats, has always been important to me.

    I'll be interested is seeing the other responses to your thought provoking question.

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  • 1 decade ago

    How incredibly sad that this happened. First of all, my deepest sympathy to his wife and two very young children. Yes he died doing what he loved but how is this going to comfort his children as they grow up. They have lost their daddy, and I cannot fathom people saying this to them. My husband loves being a truck driver, but if he dies while on the road, I will slap the crap outta someone who tells my 4 children , "He died doing what he loved.". Can't believe the "crazy croc dude" is gone though.

    I don't know that I would go to the extent that he has. I have no desire or ambition to work with snakes, crocs, wildlife in general. But I do love animals, and try to help out God's creatures if I can. I rescued my cat 3 years ago from off the side of the highway to keep him from being killed.

    This is one very definate example of why people should be sure of their salvation. We never know when it could happen. (I do not know whether Mr. Irwin was a christian or not, so I am not implying anything one way or another. Please keep the nasty hate comments to yourself)

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  • 1 decade ago

    No, all I see with his death is two small children who have to grow up without a father.

    I'm just sure the fact that "he died doing what he loved" will be a cold comfort to them in the coming years when the man is needed to be with his family.

    What it points out to me is the double standard that we have for men and women in this world. Everyone applauds him for dying pursuing his passions, yet if it were his wife that died, they would have said she should have stayed at home where she was needed. We all know that mothers are extremely important in the life of a child, and we expect mothers to put their careers on hold during those critical development years of a child, and in fact some women spend those years feeling guilty about having to work.

    Yet men are lauded for being able to manage a career and a family at the same time. Go figure.

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  • Not really, because I don't go around pissing off wild animals. But yes he did do a lot for the conservation of animals. I think organizations such as the Discovery Channel and National Geographics are more popular now than they were before him and others like him. He pioneered a form of natural documentary that is more accessable to the common man than their predecessors.

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  • 1 decade ago

    World Wild Life Fund

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I am in training to be an Animal Care Aide. Although I love animals and want to be involved in making their lives better, I do not think that I will be taking Steve Irwin's approach. He took too many chances. I do not believe that he really respected the boundaries between us and wild animals. I believe that he felt that he could do whatever he liked around them, that he was somehow "special", and that they would never hurt him. In that sense he reminded me of Timothy Treadwell and his grizzlies. Lots of love, lots of knowledge, lots of compassion...just not enough common sense.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I have been thinking about that all day. Life is so short and I never seem to live the way I should. I couldn't believe that he was killed by a stingray, I've swam with those too and they seemed pretty docile.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Unlucky? The guy was a risk-taker, an adrenaline junkie. The odds caught up with him. Grow up. He should have been a "beaver hunter," like me, and he would still be alive and happy. Save the Beaver!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well, I'm still taking it in, not sure how to deal with it. His life never had any impact on me, and I still don't like nature, and the fact that he got killed by one of the animals he was messing with doesn't make me any more fond of being out in nature.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Not really, I may kick the dog untill he tries to bite me then jump back yelling "crikey" though. Seriously, ya it sucks that he died but you just had to know messing with them animals all the time was gonna get him eventually. I'll pray for his family.

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