September 4, 2006

Steve Irwin Killed By Stingray

Posted in Celebrities at 1:11 am by Calico Jack

From the Courier-Mail:

Irwin had taken calculated risks with all sorts of wildlife for decades, relying on his knowledge of animal behaviour and personal experience to beat the odds.

For someone who spent so much time around killer animals, Irwin seemed to leave a charmed life.

So his demise was all the more shocking because it apparently involved a stingray, an animal regarded as dangerous but not as a killer.

It is understood that Irwin was swimming off the Low Isles off Port Douglas filming a documentary, a task Irwin has carried out on countless occasions.

Yet this time, Irwin, ever so careful around danger, was taken unawares when, apparently, a sting ray he was filming struck out with its tail, the venomous barbs fatally embedding in his chest.

In a way, it really isn’t surprising. Irwin has been playing with danger for many years now. But our sympathies go out to his wife and two young children.

Update: Some perspective, courtesy of Anonymous Lawyer’s usual snark.

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