Crocodile Hunter


Steve Irwin "The Crocodile Hunter"

The most successful crocodile hunter of all time

Steve Irwin

1964 - 2006

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PETITION

Crocodile Hunter Petition - Click here to vote for who the Real Crocodile Hunter Is!

Press Release - Crocodile Hunter Bites The Hand That Feeds Him Again! Crocodile Mick Accused Of Intending To Blow Up Australia Zoo Out Of The Water - Media Man Australia

Article: Croc hunter Irwin in trade mark row - 31st October 2003

Interview: Crocodile Mick Pitman, Crocodile Hunter - 9th September 2004

Article: 'Real' crocodile hunter denies zoo plot - 10th September 2004

Profile: Crocodile Mick Pitman

Press Release - Australian Public to vote for who is the real Crocodile Hunter! Pitman Vs Irwin!

News leak - Crocodile Mick Pitman to appear on Australian TV current affairs programme

News leak - Australian newspapers to report on Irwin VS Pitman - SMH, Courier Mail...

Steve Irwin and the baby stunt! (not a good idea to follow the Michael Jackson path Stevo!)

 

Newsflash

Steve Irwin could be in hot water over baby stunt at crocodile feeding - CJAD 800

Steve's 'Jacko act' not a croc

Croc man puts his son at risk

Irwin Takes Baby to Crocodile Feeding

Australian entertainer probed after feeding crocodile while holding baby

Crocodile hunter stirs scandal with baby stunt

Crocodile and baby stunt sparks fury

Anger over Australia crocodile hunter's baby stunt

Irwin apologises for croc stunt

Irwin defends feeding croc with baby

Crocodile hunter escapes charges

Irwin Snaps

Irwin faces US backlash

Irwin under international fire for croc stunt

Stunt embroils Irwin in political row

Croc hunter Steve Irwin lies low

Croc hunter bites back (including video and interview)

Croc Hunter Irwin Flees Media Frenzy

 

Steve Irwin Crocodile Hunter fact file

Took baby too close to crocodile

Paid over $100,000 for ads to promote Australia

Broke character in radio interview when asked about crocodile attack

Publicly said that "John Howard was the "greatest leader ever"

Irwin's Zoo often will not comment on Steve Irwin activities!

 

Truth, liberty and an Akubra (credit)

Being Steve Irwin

Actually, that could just as well read "hating Steve Irwin", which appears to be the latest fad among Labor, the cultural Lefties, and the Arts chatterati. Miranda Devine has an article on the fallout from Irwin's declaration that John Howard was the "greatest leader ever" and the "greatest leader in the entire world". Of course, you can't say that if you're an actor or on television, so the usual suspects are now doing their best to ruin Irwin.

Suddenly Irwin the likeable, outback ocker became Irwin the greedy "millionaire" Howard-lover. For some people, this was unforgivable.

The letters pages of newspapers exploded with venom and journalists sharpened their poison quills.

"After his public comment to the effect that John Howard is the greatest prime minister this country has ever had, I no longer take him seriously as an apolitical or intelligent wildlife advocate," A. Bass of Sutherland wrote to The Daily Telegraph yesterday.

A reporter from The Age in Melbourne questioned why Irwin had turned down an invitation to Bill Clinton's presidential farewell dinner. "Does it tell us more about Steve Irwin than he might want us to know?" he wrote. Irwin had "thick skin", the article went on to say. "There's no getting through to the heart or the soul. And let's not make the mistake of going for the head."

There were snide stories about Irwin's invitation to the Lodge for a fancy "partisan barbecue" Howard hosted for visiting US President George Bush, complete with snaky references to the $25,000 cost.

There were stories attacking Irwin's character. "For crocodile hunter Steve Irwin charity really does begin at home, with the millionaire 'donating' $175,000 to himself," began one story in The Courier-Mail in Brisbane. This $364 a minute of taxpayers' money was supposedly for "one day's work" shooting a quarantine awareness TV ad. The Federal Opposition and ABC Radio tried to whip up a crocodile-cash-for-comment scandal, linking the payment to Irwin's praise of the Prime Minister.

Finally, last week, Irwin was forced to defend himself, issuing a statement explaining the money was for a whole year's work on the quarantine campaign, not one day, and that he had given every cent to a new koala hospital at his Queensland zoo.

Paying Bill Hunter $250,000 for advertising the Keating Government's "Working Nation" was apparently not as bad in the eyes of the cultural establishment, or even worth mentioning.

 

Irwin snaps
January 4, 2004
Credit: The Sunday Telegraph

CROCODILE hunter Steve Irwin has said that he is considering withdrawing from public life after international criticism of a stunt at his zoo involving his one-month-old baby.

Irwin told The Sunday Telegraph last night his son had been perfectly safe when he held him on Friday while feeding a chicken to a four-metre crocodile.

Speaking from his home in Queensland, Irwin said the worldwide fallout from taking his baby Bob into a crocodile enclosure with him had left his family "absolutely devastated".

Friday's incident is being investigated by the Department of Families which has requested an unedited video tape.

Commentators across the US – where Irwin has achieved a cult-like status through his TV show – compared the incident to the Michael Jackson stunt, when the singer dangled his newborn baby from a high-rise balcony.

But a visibly upset Irwin said he was simply carrying on his family tradition and doing what his own father had done for him.

"I am not a bad parent. I am not an irresponsible parent. I am not a bad father," Irwin said.

"If you knew how much I loved my kids . . . you would know that I would never, ever, put them in any danger, not in a million years.

"I would lay down my life for Bindi and Bob, so to hear people say that it was a publicity stunt, that I'm just like Michael Jackson well, it just tears me up.

"It makes me sick to the pit of my stomach to be compared in that way."

The Queensland Families Department confirmed it had requested unedited copies of videotape of the incident.

But Irwin and wife Terri were undeterred, holding a media conference where they defended teaching their children to be "croc savvy", shortly after ordering five-year-old daughter Bindi into a crocodile enclosure during a live show for the public.

Bindi Irwin was told by her parents to get in the new enclosure, which adjoins a crocodile pen, and splash around to encourage the reptiles to swim out.

Mum Terri then said: "Now flail around and look helpless. That's the girl – good girl.

"The problem is if the crocodile comes in too quickly then I have to buy new floaties because they always pop."

"That's my girl – Bindi Irwin, the other white meat."

Bindi was then left to lie in shallow water as three large elephants stamped and trumpeted 1m away. A zoo official said a gate connecting the pool to the croc pen was shut during the show.

But patrons were less than impressed with the spectacle.

"It's disgraceful," said mother-of-two Melanie Secoudis, who visited the tourist attraction yesterday.

Irwin said while he understood people were distressed, he urged them to understand that his family was not "a normal family living with a normal backyard".

"You have to understand the sort of upbringing I had, the sort of upbringing my kids are going to have," he said. "My parents raised me among crocs and snakes and some of the most dangerous creatures in the world, right here at Australia Zoo.

"They exposed me to them from a very early age, not because they were irresponsible, but because they loved me.

"Now my kids are just like me, growing up at the zoo. We have Alice the alligator living 20m from our house, we have a croc enclosure 30m from our house.

"We have to expose our kids to the dangers at an early age, teach them the rules, the ways of the animal kingdom.

"I know people looking at me and Bob in the enclosure might look at that and think, 'That's weird', but if they came and lived with us for a month they'd look at it and say, 'That's necessary'."

Police and Families Department officers said yesterday they received dozens of complaints about the incident, dubbed "Bob's Croc Feeding Debut".

The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect slammed Irwin's actions, saying baby Bob could have been killed, and questioned Irwin's ability as a father.

"People in his position have a responsibility to set an example for the community," Queensland president Teresa Scott said. "Dangling a baby in front of a crocodile as some sort of publicity stunt is hardly responsible."

Crocodile expert Grahame Webb, a professor at Charles Darwin Uni who also farms crocodiles, said the Irwins had ignored regulations governing the industry.

"The key to understanding crocodiles is that they are very much an opportunistic predator," Professor Webb said yesterday.

The Sunday Telegraph

 

Irwin faces US backlash
From Peter Mitchell in Los Angeles
04Jan04

THE fury over Steve Irwin's crocodile stunt with his newborn son Bob spread across the US today, with American newspapers and a Miami animal expert condemning the Crocodile Hunter.

The New York Daily News newspaper carried a front page photo of Irwin with the headline: "Steve Irwin - Australian for stupid."

The New York Post headline read: "Crocodile Shock. Irwin's Sick Baby Stunt."

The Post began its story with the question: "Has Steve Irwin gone off his croc-er?"

TV stations across the US showed footage of Irwin feeding a dead chicken to a four metre crocodile while holding one-month-old Bob during their news bulletins.

"The video seemingly tells it all," TV reporter Candy Crowley said during her story aired on Los Angeles TV station KTLA.

"Steve Irwin the famous, or infamous depending on one's opinion, Croc Hunter pulling another stunt. But no-one can know how Irwin's one-month-old son Bob feels as dad teases and then feeds Murray the crocodile just a short distance away.

"And for good measure, takes Bob on a waterside stroll to the crowd's delight."

The KTLA story included an interview with Miami Metrozoo herpetologist Ron Magill who branded Irwin's stunt "ludicrous".

"This is just the ultimate," Magill said on US television.

"To take an infant, your own infant, and put him in that type of dangerous situation was just ludicrous."

On 24 hour news channel CNN, viewers were repeatedly shown footage of Irwin feeding the croc while holding his baby son.

CNN news anchor Kyra Phillips, at the end of presenting a story about the Croc Hunter incident, offered details about the speed and danger posed by crocodiles.

"Chew on this fact," Phillips told her audience.

"A crocodilian biology database says these reptiles can lunge at a rate of 39 feet per second, for a quarter of a second. That's fast enough to capture prey standing within one body length before it even has time to react."

The incident happened on Friday at Irwin's Australia Zoo in Queensland.

Most US newspaper and TV reports compared the Irwin incident with pop star Michael Jackson's infamous balcony baby dangling controversy in Germany in 2002.

CNN said Irwin's "risky business has ignited a swarm of criticism not seen since Michael Jackson" dangled his baby.

The respected Los Angeles Times newspaper ran a story and a photo of Irwin's controversial feeding stunt on page seven of today's edition, while the Los Angeles Daily News, had a story on page two with a large photo taken from TV footage shot by Australia's Seven Network.

Irwin is a huge star in the US.

In the past week his television documentary shows aired 23 times on the highly-watched US cable TV channel Animal Planet. That included 15 back-to-back episodes of his Crocodile Hunter show last Wednesday from 9am to midnight.

Animal Planet issued a statement saying:: "Animal Planet does not support any activity that intentionally places a child in harm's way. Based on the footage we have seen, we believe a mistake was made.

"That said, we know from the many years we have worked with Steve, that his family is the most important thing in his life and he takes his role as a father very seriously."

This report appears on NEWS.com.au.

 

Stunt embroils Irwin in political row
By Jamie Walker and Ashleigh Wilson
January 5, 2004

STEVE Irwin's nomination for Australian of the Year is in jeopardy after a member of the judging panel questioned his decision to dangle his month-old son before the jaws of a 4m crocodile.

Describing the self-styled Crocodile Hunter's behaviour as strange and "quite worrying", National Australia Day Council director Marjorie Turbayne said she would today ask the organisation's national director to consult other board members about Irwin's fitness to be considered for 2004 Australian of the Year.

Irwin is shortlisted for the honour, having been named by the Queensland Government as that state's official nominee.

He went to ground yesterday, abandoning his zoo on the Sunshine Coast in the face of intensifying controversy over the publicity stunt he pulled last Friday with his baby son, Bob.

Irwin was filmed cradling the infant in one arm while feeding the huge reptile raw meat from the other. At one point, he "walked" Bob alongside the pool in which the saltwater crocodile was lurking, drawing condemnation from wildlife experts and family groups for endangering his son.

Ms Turbayne said yesterday that while Irwin might have thought the situation was under control, "I don't know if you can ever be 100 per cent certain with wild animals".

"Personally, I found it a very strange thing to do," she told The Australian.

"Not even considering him as the Australian nominee, just as a person ... I find that quite worrying."

As a director of the National Australia Day Council, Ms Turbayne is one of eight judges who will recommend to John Howard the Australian of the Year from a field of state finalists. She said she would today raise Irwin's conduct with National Australia Day Council national director Warren Pearson, suggesting that he "ring around" other judges to determine their views.

Asked if the episode could affect Irwin's candidature for Australian of the Year, Ms Turbayne said: "I think it could." She stressed, however, that it was her private opinion.

Irwin's spokeswoman said yesterday that he had "had enough" of the controversy and retreated with his family - wife Terri, daughter Bindi, 5, and baby Bob - to one of their conservation properties in western Queensland.

Far from contrite, the Irwins were yesterday reported to have involved Bindi in another live show on Saturday with crocodiles. Brisbane's Sunday Mail said Terri had described the little girl as "white meat" after calling on her to enter an enclosure adjoining the reptiles' pen.

Federal Children and Youth Affairs Minister Larry Anthony said yesterday he hoped Irwin would learn that children should not be placed in dangerous situations.

"It wasn't wise for him to do that, and I think he has probably reflected on it quite seriously," Mr Anthony said.

Other state finalists for the award include Test cricket captain Steve Waugh from NSW, and West Australian burns treatment expert Fiona Wood.

A spokeswoman for Queensland Families Minister Judy Spence said yesterday Irwin would be counselled this week by a child protection official.

Premier Peter Beattie's office was insisting yesterday that the furore would not affect Irwin's nomination for Australian of the Year.

Ghan ready to dump Irwin
By the Northern Territory News's Paul Dyer

CROCODILE hunter Steve Irwin may have his name stripped from the Northern Territory's Ghan passenger train after he dangled his newborn son in front of a 4m saltwater crocodile at feeding time.

Outrage spread at home and abroad yesterday, with some officials saying the stunt could damage tourism to the Territory and Australia.

Great Southern Railway (GSR) marketing manager Anthony Kirchner last night would not rule out a name change.

"Obviously we are keeping an eye on the situation - time will tell," he said.

In September, GSR announced the locomotive for the inaugural Adelaide to Darwin rail journey would be called Steve Irwin. The decision to overlook historical figures and national icons for the train's moniker divided Territorians.

Irwin is also the train's ambassador.

Territory Federal MP David Tollner, an outspoken critic of the name, said last night that Friday's stunt was just another reason to change it.

He called on the NT Government to urge GSR to dump the name.

"He is an unsuitable personality to be the name of our first locomotive," he said.

The stunt occurred in front of Friday's feeding time crowd at Irwin's Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast.

Territory croc expert and owner of Darwin's Crocodylus Park Professor Grahame Webb has joined the chorus of criticism of Irwin.

He said Irwin had ignored the rules and regulations governing the industry.

"There's a lot of risk involved in handling crocodiles, even for those who think they know what they are doing," he said.

"Anything could have happened - all it would have taken was one slip and tragedy could have occurred.

"The key to understanding crocodiles is that they are a water-edge predator and very much an opportunistic predator.

"When opportunities present themselves, they take them. Crocodiles are unpredictable - just because they are well-fed does not mean they won't attack."

NT Acting Chief Minister Syd Stirling said the Government had no input into the naming of the train.

"While the Territory Government believes Mr Irwin's actions were inappropriate, it is entirely up to Great Southern Rail - a privately-owned company - to decide whether to continue using his image on one of their locomotives," he said.

Mr Kirchner said it was unlikely a change would be made at this stage.

"Steve Irwin has been a great launching vehicle for us in our key international markets," he said.

Irwin has defended his actions, saying one-month-old baby Bob was safe and it was important to teach children about danger.

He claimed he was hurt by the allegations of child neglect and said he could scale down his public activities with the media.

The Australian