CRIKEY!! "Crocodile Hunter" killed by stingray.

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    Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin killed

    BRISBANE, Australia - Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and environmentalist known as the "Crocodile Hunter," was killed Monday by a stingray during a diving expedition, police said. He was 44.

    Irwin was filming an underwater documentary on the Great Barrier Reef in northeastern Queensland state when the accident occurred, Sydney's The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on its Web site.

    The Australian Broadcasting Corp. said Irwin was diving near Low Isles Reef near the resort town of Port Douglas, about 1,260 miles north of the state capital of Brisbane.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060904/ap_on_en_tv/obit_irwin
     
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    I saw that! Sad stuff, ain't it?
     
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    It's very sad. When I heard he'd been killed, I thought it was by one of those crocidiles he was always playing around with.

    I suppose it was inevitable, the man took far too many chances. I feel sorry for his wife and two children.
     
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    I always thought he'd lose a limb before he lost his life
     
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    A friend of mine just sent me a link to the story. I can't believe he died! He was an icon to my generation!
     
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    You beat me to it! This is the first news story I saw this a.m. Very sad. But was kind of inevitable. My husband always said he was gonna get killed and the way he handled the animals made him so crazy that he couldn't watch him.... said he took far too many chances and ticked off the animals instead of handling them carefully. But I liked his energy. He was fun to watch.

    On thing I am told... stingrays are generally very passive creatures. This type of thing is very, very rare.

    Sad still.... :eek:
     
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    Intelligent people don't mess around with wild animals. They are ALWAYS potentially dangerous. He probably got away with it so many times he thought he was invincible. Think again mate!
     
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    I dunno. Lots of smart people work with animals. My husband was a large mammal keeper for about 8 years and loved it. But he always knew he could get killed and didn't take unnecessary chances. On the other hand, he left because he didn't want to leave our son without a father. So there ya go.
     
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    Working with animals is one thing, goofing around with them to attract attention to oneself is another. My wife works with animals as well and puts herself at risk but not unnecessarily so.
     
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    I agree. Cool that your wife works with animals, though.
     

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