Happy Birthday Steve Irwin: Google doodle pays a heartfelt tribute to ‘The Crocodile Hunter ‘
Google Doodle on February 22, celebrated the birth anniversary of a popular Australian Wildlife conservationist -Steve Irwin. He is someone who will be always remembered for his passion and love for wildlife. Irwin’s compassion for animals was to an extent that he came up a television show called ‘The Crocodile Hunter,’ only to educate and spread awareness among his viewers. In its note for the legendary Irwin, Google said, "Irwin and his family dedicated their lives to the preservation and appreciation of earth’s wildlife and wild places.”
Steve was born to Bob and Lyn Irwin, in Upper Fern Tree Gully, Victoria, Australia. His father was a wildlife expert and mother was a wildlife rehabilitator. Well, probably that’s the reason Steve always credited his parents for his love towards the wildlife. His family later migrated to Beerwah on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and started a wildlife park called the Beerwah Reptile Park, currently known as the Australian Zoo. By the age of nine, Irwin got so familiar with crocodiles that he used to wrestle with them and also volunteered with Queensland’s East Coast Crocodile Management Program, which helped rescue and relocate endangered saltwater crocodiles.
Steve met the love of his life, Terri, when she visited his zoo. The two of them went on to get hitched at her grandmother’s church in Oregon. Instead of honeymooning, the couple went to rescue a giant crocodile in North Queensland and filmed the entire incident. This gave rise to Irwin’s iconic TV show - ‘The Crocodile Hunter.’
Irwin breathed his last in 2006 when a stingray barb went through his chest, while he was filming a documentary at the Great Barrier Reef. His sudden demise came as shock to millions of fans.