The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.
By United Press International

Anti-whaling activists injured

SYDNEY, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Three anti-whaling activists were injured in a skirmish with a Japanese whaling ship in the Antarctic, conservationists said.

Anti-whaling activists board Japanese boat

BUNBURY, Australia, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Three anti-whaling activists from Australia boarded a Japanese boat their cohorts say was monitoring their activities off the Australian coast.

Norwegian yacht missing in Antarctic sea

OSLO, Norway, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Searchers have failed to find a Norwegian yacht missing in frigid Antarctic waters for several days with three crew members aboard, officials said Sunday.
Australian PM warns both whalers and foes

Australian PM warns both whalers and foes

MELBOURNE, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is urging whalers and protesters "to act responsibly" in the faceoff over Japanese whaling off the antarctic.
Japanese whaler rams Sea Shepherd boat

Japanese whaler rams Sea Shepherd boat

CANBERRA, Australia, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A Japanese whaling vessel rammed and sank a boat belonging to the environmental group Sea Shepherd, the group's founder said Wednesday.

Australian kangaroos moved to Indonesia

JAKARTA, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Six female eastern grey kangaroos from Australia have arrived at their new home at a safari park in West Java province, Indonesia, a park official says.
Helicopter Moms: When Mom suffers stage fright

Helicopter Moms: When Mom suffers stage fright

NEWTON, N.J., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Growing up with Catholic, control-freak parents who urged my brother, sister and me to keep our expectations low for fear of disappointment, I vowed that I would always tell my own kids to reach for the stars.

Anti-whaling protesters wrap up for year

SYDNEY, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. environmental protesters say they have ended their anti-whaling efforts against Japanese fishing vessels in the Southern Ocean for this year.

Japan says environmentalists rammed whaler

SYDNEY, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The captain of a Dutch-registered environmental activists' vessel acknowledges ramming a Japanese whaler while trying to interrupt its work.

Japan seeks to slow anti-whaling efforts

TOKYO, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Japanese whalers are trying to disrupt anti-whaling efforts by getting other nations to refuse activists entry to their ports to refuel their ship.

New Zealand military won't track whalers

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The new defense minister in New Zealand says that he is unlikely to use to the air force to monitor the Japanese whaling fleet.
Terri Irwin not looking for love

Terri Irwin not looking for love

BRISBANE, Australia, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Two years after Australian conservationist and TV personality Steve Irwin was killed by a stingray, his widow Terri says she is not looking for romance.

Wayward crocodile captured

BRISBANE, Australia, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A crocodile that moved to a beach resort in northeast Australia was captured early Friday for another move -- this time to a zoo or crocodile farm.
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Steve Irwin
In this file photo, "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin wrestles a crocodile at an MGM luncheon at ShoWest 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 6, 2002. Irwin died September 4, 2006 after being fatally injured by a stingray. Irwin pulled its barb out of his chest before losing consciousness and dying, his manager said on Tuesday. (UPI Photo/Roger Williams)

Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006), nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian television personality, wildlife expert, and conservationist. Irwin achieved worldwide fame from the television series The Crocodile Hunter, an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series which he co-hosted with his wife Terri. Together, the couple also co-owned and operated Australia Zoo, founded by Irwin's parents in Beerwah, about 80 km (50 miles) north of the Queensland state capital city of Brisbane. Irwin died on 4 September 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary film entitled Ocean's Deadliest. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship MY Steve Irwin was named in his honour.

Irwin was born on his mother's birthday to Lyn and Bob Irwin in Essendon, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. He moved with his parents as a child to Queensland in 1970, where he attended Landsborough State School and Caloundra State High School. Irwin described his father as a wildlife expert interested in herpetology, while his mother Lyn was a wildlife rehabilitator. After moving to Queensland, Bob and Lyn Irwin started the small Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park, where Steve grew up around crocodiles and other reptiles.

Irwin became involved with the park in a number of ways, including taking part in daily animal feeding, as well as care and maintenance activities. On his sixth birthday he was given a 12-foot (4 m) scrub python. He began handling crocodiles at the age of nine after his father had educated him on reptiles from an early age. Also at age nine he wrestled his first crocodile, again under his father's supervision. He worked as a volunteer for Queensland's East Coast Crocodile Management program and captured over 100 crocodiles, some of which were relocated, while others were housed at the family park. Irwin took over the management of the park in 1991 and renamed it Australia Zoo in 1992.

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