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.


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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