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Cartoon Showing Steve Irwin Welcoming Dead Bushfire Animals To Heaven Goes Viral

Cartoon Showing Steve Irwin Welcoming Dead Bushfire Animals To Heaven Goes Viral

A cartoon of Steve Irwin welcoming animals that have died in the bushfires to heaven has gone viral.

Sharnia-Mae Sturm, from Atlanta, the United States, posted the heart-rending sketch to her Instagram account on New Year's Eve to help raise awareness of the devastating impact the fires are having on the country's wildlife.

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The illustration shows the late Irwin greeting a host of the country's animals that have perished in the fires, including kangaroos, koalas and others.

Kneeling down with his arms wife open, the Crocodile Hunter can be seen saying: "Don't worry little guys! I'll take care of you!"

And it didn't take long for the picture to gain traction online, and just a few days later it had already been shared widely across social media.

The Georgia native has since said her account was inundated with so many likes and comments that it was deleted.

People have been brought to tears by the emotional sketch. Credit: SketchyKoala
People have been brought to tears by the emotional sketch. Credit: SketchyKoala
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Writing on her Sketchy Koala Facebook page, Sharnia-Mae said she hopes Steve is looking after the deceased animals in heaven.

She wrote: "So... it's sad to say that I've spent about 3 weeks or so on this and the subject is still relevant.

"This little tribute drawing goes to all the innocent animals caught in the blazes across my home country, it breaks my heart to see it's still going on but there's only so much that can be done to keep it from spreading.

"I hope all the animals who couldn't make it are now in heaven with Steve Irwin, being taken care of, and not having a care in the world or memory of how they got there. Rest In Peace fuzzy babies, we will miss you."

An estimated 480 million animals have died in the bushfires. Credit: PA
An estimated 480 million animals have died in the bushfires. Credit: PA

This post also received an outpouring of emotion from people touched by gesture.

One mum wrote: "I'm actually crying seeing this. My daughter has asked where all the animals have gone after they passed away from the fires and now I can show her this and she will be able to understand."

A second person commented: "I love these drawings, they say it all, well done, it touched my heart."

A third said: "Just beautiful. Thank you for taking the time to do this and share it."

While another added: "This is absolutely beautiful. Actually made me cry. I love Steve Irwin and still can't believe he's gone. Our loss of animals is so truly heartbreaking."

Sharnia-Mae later thanked people for getting in touch, writing: "I appreciate all this love and support more than you can believe. I'm so happy to see many people be so touched by this."

Featured Image Credit: SketchyKoala

Topics: Bushfires, Interesting, Animals, Australia, Health

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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