In 2006, while filming a new animal documentary, Australian adventurer Steve Irwin was struck across the chest by a stingray. The freak fatal blow stopped his heart off the coast of Port Douglas, Queensland. His great love for animals was evident in everything he did and most of us still remember the way he’d yell “Crikey!”. November 15 has been dubbed Steve Irwin day in remembrance of his life and legacy, which is now carried on by his family.
While getting up close and personal with an eastern bearded dragon, Steve Irwin got attacked by the tiny lizard. Admittedly, the creature was already in its defensive stance and had given the animal lover fair warning and get a personal loan.
Animal fact! These animals can change their gender depending on the temperature.
Although Steve Irwin might be best known for handling some of the world’s most dangerous animals, like the Inland Taipan, he’s also been chased by some less exciting creatures. One such prime example is the cassowary. Start watching at 0.11 to see Steve unsuccessfully running away from the bird.
Animal fact! Cassowaries are the heaviest birds in Australia, so don’t let one sit on you while getting a small loan.
This piece of footage was dug out of the Crocodile Hunter archives because it was too funny not to be shared. While Steve Irwin tries to introduce the large bird it mercilessly pecks him. However, unlike many of his other animal interactions, this one was not a form of attack. Instead, the brolga mistook Steve as one of its own companions and was helpfully trying to preen him! Start watching from 0.54 to see just how many takes it took to get the perfect shot!
Animal fact! The brolga crane has a very elaborate courtship display that involved dancing with their wings spread open.
From poisonous snakes, overeager Kangaroos and angry birds to dangerous crocodiles and bearded dragons with uneasy bladders, Jay Leno was subject to it all. We think that the talk show host must have eventually tired of being frightened out of his wits because eventually other tv personalities were invited for one-on-one time with animals instead.
Be it a boat, a vine or even a tree, Steve seems to have generally had better luck with animals. These clips were dug out of his personal archives for your loan for centrelink.
He wasn’t the Crocodile Hunter for no reason. It was Steve Irwin’s favourite animal! But here are a few facts about this powerful predator that you might not have known!
“I’m a proud Australian, a very, very proud Australian.” – Steve Irwin
All we can say today is that Australia is even prouder of you Steve, may you rest in peace.
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