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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Crocodile Tears for the passing of an icon

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This post comes by special request from crocodiles and alligators the world over, to help them express their deepest sympathy and sadness for the passing of an icon, Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin. The famous Aussie died yesterday after being stung by a stingray, through the heart, while filming off the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44.

Image hosting by PhotobucketCrocodiles shed their Tears the world over...

The crocs & gators biggest regret? That they didn't manange to get him first.

Okay, Walski admits that death is no laughing matter, and in truth, his work did raise the world's awareness about the order crocodilia, in addition to a heightened awareness about conserving the environment, in general. And condolences of the whole tv-watching world will undoubtedly go out to the Irwins on their massive loss. Walski's included.

Irwin, funny even in the most precarious moments in his career, would probably have wanted the world to remember him a little tongue-in-cheek, too.
(more crocodile tears in the full post)

Then again, he did lead a very precarious lifestyle, many a time risking his own life (and occassionally that of his family members). Living on the edge, as he did, has its inherrent risks, of which we're sure Irwin was fully aware of. And perhaps it is somewhat fitting that his career had to end in as spectacular a manner. Still, the news is indeed tragic, make no mistake.

The Croc Hunter does leave a legacy behind, primarily his love for wildlife and their conservation. And for fans of Irwin, it is understood that Discovery will be doing a tribute to Steve Irwin (via Fox News). Walski's not sure when Astro will air it, however.

And so, on behalf of all the crocs and gators, shedding their croc and gator tears, let's all shout out Crikey, mate!! in rememberance of a naturalist icon of our time - albeit a slightly off kilter one...

Image hosting by PhotobucketR.I.P - Stephen Robert Irwin
a.k.a. The Crocodile Hunter
Feb 22, 1962 - Sep 4, 2006

Walski's end-note: Meanwhile, buddy-blogger Howsy, like Walski and many other Malaysians, while undoubtedly sad for the passing, will definitely not give up one of our nation's pan-racial food favorites - ikan pari bakar (grilled stingray) - call it, if you would, revenge with a twist - of lime.