I am saddened but not shocked to have found out that Steve Irwin was killed by a stingray this weekend.
Read more about Steve Irwin’s death.
My big gripe with Steve’s view of animals was that he saw them as many people from the East see them; as fluffy toys. Wild animals (be that a hedgehog or a fully grown male lion) are brilliant for the same reason that they are dangerous; they are NOT fluffy toys.
I have often said that Steve doesn’t treat animals with enough respect and it wouldn’t surprise me that this is how he got into trouble.
While I didn’t agree with the way that Steve “worked” with wildlife, his enthusiasm was genuine and it generated a lot of interest in all sorts of wildlife. I would much rather have him around than not.
My thoughts are with his family.
Got to agree with you of Steve’s tragic death. He was always pushing the bounderies with wild animals and although it was a calculated risk this time his luck ran out.
Prob not your highest priority but time to change the ‘I’m a South-African living in London’ bit. 😉
Fran, thanks for the heads-up. I’ve updated the profile accordingly.