Rest In Peace Crocodile Hunter

This entry was posted by Rob on Thursday, 6 September, 2007 at

The first anniversary of the Crocodile Hunter’s death is upon us. Steve Irwin, environmentalist and television “crocodile hunter” was killed one year ago by a stingray barb that pierced his chest during filming on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. More lethal than any stun gun or
taser could ever be accused of…

Irwin, who was 44 when he died, became world-famous for his daring stunts involving dangerous animals. Deadly insects, poisonous snakes, and of course crocodiles as his nickname implies, were all subject to his entertaining and educational escapades.

One of the things we need to remember here is Steve Irwin was a professional. “Don’t try this at home” should have been prominently displayed during every second of every episode. Steve grew up handling animals and made it a career of learning and teaching everything he could about animals to his family and everyone that watched his TV shows.

Then the unfortunate happens. A freak accident, happening without warning and too fast to defend against. While swimming in the ocean with stingrays, as he has many times in the past, tragedy, in the form of a stingray, quite literally struck.

Could it have been avoided? Sure, Steve Irwin could have not shown up for work that day. He could have hidden in his house if he was scared, but that was not Steve Irwin.

Did Steve miss a tell-tale sign while swimming with the stingray that it was about to attack? Probably not, but perhaps. No one will ever know for sure, but Steve Irwin was as prepared for that encounter as he ever was in the past 1000 encounters with any other wild animal. He wasn’t armed with a Kevlar vest, but he was armed with knowledge and awareness. Just something unexpected happened. It could have happen to anyone.

And similar instances happen everyday, in the ocean or walking down the street. Working as a TV host, or a mail man. Or a business professional, or real estate agent.

How prepared are you to handle a sudden, unexpected situation? Hopefully you have more that 1/10 of a second to react to a stingray barb like Steve, but are you armed with the knowledge or tools to protect yourself while living your normal day to day existence?

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?

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