Quote MSN Entertainment News "‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin dies – Asia-Pacific – MSNBC.com"
While crusing through the news section I came across this posting. Living much closer to the down under countrynow I hear much more about it. One of the top 5 most famous Aussies (Mel Gibson, Oliva Newton John, Kilie Menough, Paul Hogan, Steve Irwin) has passed. He did so doing what he loved the most, being around animals and producing an entertaining and educational program, however I am sure this program will never air for obvious reasons.
Doing what we love is rare this day and age, doing it up until the end is even rarer. Yes Mr. Irwin caused some trouble in the past few years, but he also did alot, not only for the animal kingdom and our understanding for it, but to Austrailian tourism and animal rights. His lively on screen personality will surely be missed and his enthusiam will never be matched. He had plenty of close calls and I remember seeing a Discovery Channel special on just those close calls last year. I hope the press will not sensationalize of over play this story and his family finds some comfort and understanding in his passing. He was doing what he loved and following a dream and mission most people can only day dream about. One thing I hope everyone takes away from this is that wild animals are just that, wild.
When in there territory and environment you have to understand you are in danger at all time, no matter how many times you have done it or how preseptive you are. Animals act out of a different motivation then we do, either fear or hunger or the control of resources. There is no hatred, greed, or spite in their actions. Animals and their behavior is fasinating and essential for us to observe because it is how we were before speech, writing, and tools. We need to see them for what they are. This requires some brave people to put them selves into harms way to show us what otherwise we would never see or understand. It also shows animals are not bad or evil, even if they kill us by mistake or fear.