Tuesday, September 05, 2006

crikey ...

R.I.P., James Irwin, aka the Crocodile Hunter.

For those of you who don't know already, the world's most famous Australian (sorry Nicole Kidman and Paul Hogan and hasarder) died after being stung in the heart by a stingray. If he got stung at almost any other part of his body, he'd be in pain but still alive.

But given the nature of his exploits, he was bound to die at the hands, feet, mouth or stinger of some wild creature at some point. Live by the animal, die by the animal.

As My Favorite Person put it: "Nature won!"

Of course, my money was on some big saltie chomping him down one day as he tried to wrangle with it. Maybe his foot would slip. Maybe he'd turn to talk to the camera at the exact wrong time. Either that, or one of the many deadly snakes idigenous to Australia -- sea snake, tiger snake, death adder, western brown, taipan, etc.

Instead, it was the barbed tail of the stingray.

Crikey!

6 comments:

Madame X said...

Stung in the heart by the animals he cared for...very poetic in a Greek Tragedy kind of way.

grainne said...

I always thought that it would be one of those gigantic crocs that would get him....it's sad really that anything got him as while he was over the top, he was a voice for environmental preservation. One thing that most people won't realize is that he was working with Jaques Cousteau's son on a documentary. Since the water was too rough for that project, he was filming a children's show when he was killed.

I guess that is the sort of death we can all hope for....dying doing something we love and something we believe strongly in.

Kristen said...

I feel sorry for his kids........


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BigBill said...

I wonder if it was a "great big female" stingray!!
He definetly will be missed. But as you put it with all the stuff he messed with ... A freakin sting ray?? Come on!!!

SignGurl said...

I agree wholeheartedly with Chrissie. Nature won and always will.

Chrissie said...

its harder to make fun of him now thats hes dead...

what a freakish way to go.