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Monday, September 04, 2006

Crikey!

 
After working with just about every deadly animal on the planet, Steve Irwin was killed by one that's apparently pretty hard to get killed by, a stingray.

Stingrays have a serrated, toxin-loaded barb, or spine, on the top of their tail. The barb, which can be up to 10 inches long, flexes if a ray is frightened. Stings usually occur to people when they step on or swim too close to a ray and can be excruciatingly painful but are rarely fatal, said University of Queensland marine neuroscientist Shaun Collin.

Collin said he suspected Irwin died because the barb pierced under his ribcage and directly into his heart.

"It was extraordinarily bad luck. It's not easy to get spined by a stingray and to be killed by one is very rare," Collin said.
We have always enjoyed Steve Irwin's programs, and his infectious enthusiasm for animals. He will be missed at my house.

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Shocking. We haven't been able to watch the Crock Hunter in a while...that's one of the channels we lost, but it's very sad to know that we'll never get to see him again. My brother once saw him at the airport while waiting for their plane to Austrailia (still jealous of my brother for getting to go to Austrailia.)
I wonder what will become of their family...I guess they'll still keep the zoo open.
 
I was shocked to hear this too. It was such a fluke.
 
This is very sad indeed.
 
How surprising was this? When Maya came in to tell me last night I was flabergasted. Some people are so full of life that you never expect them to die. He'll be missed around here, too.
 
I still can't believe he's gone.
 
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