Monday, September 4, 2006

Steve Irwin and Wikipedia

I woke up to the sad news that Steve Irwin, the “Crocodile Hunter”, and been killed in an encounter with a Stingray off the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia.

I was listening to a reporter on CNN describe the injury inflicted by the Stingray. I got to wondering about the accuracy of the description and decided to take a look at the Stingray listing on Wikipedia. It had already been updated with information about Irwin‘s death.

Stingrays:

Fatal ray stings, such as that which killed Australian environmentalist Steve Irwin (although he was not killed by the sting itself but from a puncture to the heart in turn causing cardiac arrest), are rare but can occur if stings are improperly treated, sever major arteries, or are in the pelvic region or chest.[1]

Try doing that with Britannica.

And a Steve Irwin quote:

I have no fear of losing my life - if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it.

I have some Steve Irwin DVDs. My favorite is the one that features North American rattlesnakes. I‘ll be watching it again today.

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