Crikey, if there ever was a reason to celebrate the life of eccentric wildlife presenter Steve Irwin, this is it. Wednesday (15 November) saw the world remember the talented conservationist during Steve Irwin Day, 11 years since he passed after a stingray attack.
Since his passing, love for the Crocodile Hunter has never faulted. How could you not love a character that felt so at ease next to some of the world’s most dangerous animals? As his children, Bindi and Bob, carry on his legacy at Australia Zoo, we bring you the must fun-filled fact Friday.
- Born on his mother’s birthday, Stephen Robert Irwin was destined to work with animals. His father, Robert, was a wildlife expert interested in herpetology and his mother, Lyn, was a wildlife rehabilitator.
- Steve met his wife Terri Raines in 1991 as she was visiting Australia Zoo during a trip away from her native Eugene, Oregon.
- A picture of true love, Terri claims it was love at first sight and the pair were engaged four months later. Love is real.
- Spending their honeymoon the only way animal lovers could, Steve and Terri when trapping crocodiles.
- Footage taken during their honeymoon became the very first episode of The Crocodile Hunter.
- Their first child Bindi Sue Irwin was named after Steve’s two favourite pets. A saltwater crocodile called Bindi and a Staffordshire bull terrier called Sue.
- Having such a fascination for animals it’s only fitting that Steve discovered his own species of animal. A certain species of snapping turtle is called Elseya Irwini.
- It wasn’t uncommon to see Steve get up and close with bearded dragons, snakes, and of course crocodiles. None of this gave Steve the chills – parrots on the other hand, our Steve was terrified.
- After Steve’s death on 4 September 2006, he was buried in a private ceremony at his beloved Australia Zoo. The grave is not accessible to members of the public.
- On June 22 of this year Steve Irwin was posthumously honoured with a star on the coveted Hollywood Walk of Fame. Crikey mate, you deserve it.