Google Doodle honoured the well-known animal lover Steve Irwin on his 57th birth anniversary on February 22.
Bengaluru: Google Doodle is celebrating the 57th birth anniversary of Australian wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin. The legendary wildlife enthusiast lost his life 13 years ago (2006) on September 4th while shooting with a stingray at Batt Reef, Australia.
Steve inherited his love for wildlife from his parents, Bob and Lyn Irwin. His parents gifted him a scrub python for his sixth birthday. Later, the family moved to Queensland, Australia, where the Irwins began a reptile park, known as the Beerwah Reptile Park.
At the age of 9, Steve began to wrestle with crocodiles and also volunteered with East Coast Crocodile Management Program, where he helped to capture and relocate endangered saltwater crocodiles.
Steve met Terri, his wife, in the Australia Zoo, where they spent their time capturing and relocating crocodiles.
While Steve Irwin and Terri Irwin hosted the well-known "The Crocodile Hunters" show together, it became a massive hit where about 500 million people were watching the show from over 100 countries.
In 2001, Steve Irwin was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Australian government for his "service to global conservation and Australian tourism". Later, in 2004, he was nominated for the Australian of the Year award. He was also posthumously honoured with the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in the year 2009.
Among his many fulfilments, Steve Irwin discovered snapping turtle, which was named 'Elseya Irwin' to memorialise him.
Like many Australians, he was a cricket fan. During his visit to Sri Lanka, he was seen playing cricket with children and said "I love cricket" and "It's a shame we have to go catch some snakes now" in his show "Island of Snakes" which was shot in Sri Lanka then.
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Last Updated Feb 22, 2019, 11:42 AM IST