A Tragic Loss.
Famed crocodile hunter Steve Irwin has died. A tragic loss – especially to his family and his fans.
I only knew him through his shows on television and I always liked the charismatic crocodile hunter. For a geeky kid, growing up with animal planet and discovery channel was all that was there in terms of TV.I still remember the days while I would issue diktats to my parents to switch channels, just because I needed to watch him go “Cirkey …” or wrestle crocodiles and list out the top 10 venomous creatures of Australia.
In-fact I always harboured a secret love for snakes, which was fulfilled only on television. I still remember the nights as a kid where I would imagine myself handling venomous snakes. And within the realm of my imagination I could be him, and yet wake up the next morning without being mortally wounded and with all my limbs intact. To me, he was a hero.
He was an icon in exposing the wonders of the natural world that most of us would be comfortable ignoring. He was a champion of animal causes. Its is only tragic that he had to go, the way he did.
The world has lost a great advocate for conservation and animal welfare. He might be quirky and might have challenged the odds, but still its a loss that we shall come to mourn.