Today Steve Irwin was fatally wounded by a stingray barb today, and passed away. He was known to most people as the Crocodile Hunter and has influenced an entire world with his work with animals.
I can’t remember the first time I saw a TV show with him, but it was many, many years ago. I, as many others, was so positively taken by his sincere love for animals, his engagement in the animal kingdom and his beaming personality. People from all over the world have, with great interest and joy, followed his endeavours and his travels.
When Fredrika and I travelled around the world in 2002, a given stop in Australia was to visit Steve and Terri Irwins’ Australia Zoo. It is a wonderful place with all kinds of animals, and, naturally, an emphasis on crocodiles. Unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to see Steve or Terri there, but nevertheless it was an experience we’ll never forget!
Some people will always say that the accident that happened today was bound to happen, one day or another. Personally, I don’t believe that. I am of the conviction that Steve had the greatest respect for animals, that he always knew what he was doing and that he would take any precautions necessary. As I understand it, it was extremely unlikely that such an accident as the one today would occur, and that it would sadly be fatal.
Since I first heard of what had happened today, I’ve been feeling sad that yet another good person who literally changed the world into a better place has passed away. All I can think of right now is the tremendous work and the amazing feats Steve accomplished for a lot of animals, and also of his poor wife and his children that will be left without their beloved dad.
Goodbye Steve. Thank you so much for what you have given us, and the world!
You will be dearly missed.