Steve Irwin's Wife Posts Touching Tribute On 13th Anniversary Of The Crocodile Hunter's Death.
There is a small collection of Australians who have or who were given legendary status during their lives.
Whether they be Don Bradman, Kylie Minogue, former PM Bob Hawke...the list goes on. They all did or have done their bit for the Land Down Under that cemented their names in our history.
Few have come close to the iconic Steve Irwin.
Sadly, today marks the 13th anniversary of when he was speared through the heart by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary titled Ocean's Deadliest.
Australia and the world was collectively shocked when news broke about The Crocodile Hunter's death in 2006. His funeral at Australia Zoo, the place where he taught people about crocodiles, was broadcast to more than 300 million people around the globe.
The 44-year-old has been praised for educating people not just about crocodiles but loads of animals.
He said of his work: "I consider myself a wildlife warrior. My mission is to save the world's endangered species."
They say you should live each day to the fullest. Steve actually did. I miss him every day, and I am so proud to see his mission continue. https://t.co/4NVxbNN9hr- Terri Irwin (@TerriIrwin) September 3, 2019
Irwin encouraged people to be mindful of considerate tourism and was a big voice in the anti-animal poaching realm.
Sir David Attenborough agreed with those sentiments and added: "He taught them how wonderful and exciting it was, he was a born communicator."
Not too long ago we here at LADbible were lucky enough to catch up with the entire family to find out how they're keen to prove that paying tribute to Steve's work must go much further than posing on TV with cute animals.
"I think now, even more so than when Dad was around, our wildlife is really being depleted as such an incredibly rapid rate," said Robert.
"I think it's so important that we can learn to love and respect all animals and natural places, not just the cute and cuddly creatures."
This was a sentiment shared by the rest of the family, including Bindi, 20, who said, "With our work with Australia Zoo and our non-profit organisation Wildlife Warriors, every single day of our lives is spent continuing Dad's legacy and making sure that everything he lived for and worked so hard for carries on into the future."
Terri, 54, went on to explain the importance of conserving apex predators, adding that to help out, you don't have to have Irwin-sized resources.
"You don't have to dedicate your entire life to make really positive change, so if you've got time, you can do little things - recycle, turn off the lights when you leave a room, turn off the tap when you brush your teeth, that sort of thing really helps," she told us.
"And if you can volunteer in your local community, you can do something to help - if there's a clean-up-the-park day or plant-a-tree-day - and then all of us have funds we can put towards things that are so important."
The message is clear - little changes make big differences, something that Steve would have firmly agreed with.
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