Irreverent cartoon parodies queen

LOS ANGELES, March 29 (UPI) -- Writers of the U.S. cartoon show "South Park" have produced an episode in which Britain's Queen Elizabeth blows her brains out.

Croc Hunter's daughter launches show

SILVER SPRING, Md., March 29 (UPI) -- The legacy of late "Crocodile Hunter" continues with Bindi Irwin, who will launch her wildlife show on the Silver Spring, Md.-based Discovery Kids Channel.

Steve Irwin death tape given to widow

SYDNEY, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The only remaining videotape of Steve Irwin's tragic run-in with a stingray, resulting in his death, has been given to his widow, Terri.

Stingray victim, 81, stable

LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- An 81-year-old Florida man is in stable condition after a stingray hopped into his boat and pierced his heart, family members say.

Man critical after stingray attack

LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A World War II veteran was in critical condition Friday recovering from a wound inflicted when a stingray stabbed him while he was fishing in Florida.

Stingray leaps into boat, spears man, 81

LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A South Florida man was listed in critical condition Thursday after a spotted eagle stingray leapt into his boat and pierced his chest with its barbed tail.

Croc Hunter's daughter shoots TV series

SYDNEY, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The 8-year-old daughter of Australia's beloved Crocodile Hunter is shooting her own television debut in the form of a wildlife series for kids. Bindi Irwin's 26-episode series "Bindi, The Jungle Girl" will debut in January on the Discovery Kids cable netw

NBC's 'Kidnapped' not making the cut

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- NBC's new drama "Kidnapped" is looking like it may be the season's first show to take the plunge into bad ratings.

Terri Irwin and family appear on '20/20'

NEW YORK, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- ABC's "20/20" is set to air an interview with Steve Irwin's wife, Terri Irwin, in which she discusses her husband's death and her family's future.

Crowe won't play Irwin in bio-pic

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Contrary to media reports, Australian actor Russell Crowe says he won't play his late friend, Steve Irwin, in a "Crocodile Hunter" film.

Irwin's death affects U.S. conference

ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The death of Australian "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin cast a pall over the American Reptile Breeders Conference in Anaheim, Calif., this weekend.

Flags at half-staff for Irwin, Brock

SYDNEY, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Flags along Sydney's Harbor Bridge flew at half-staff Tuesday in honor of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin and racing legend Peter Brock. Irwin died Sept. 4 when he was stung by a stingray while filming an underwater documentary. Brock died in a crash four

Irwin's daughter may speak at service

BRISBANE, Australia, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The 8-year-old daughter of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin may be among those to speak this week at the TV star's memorial service in Australia.

Woman fined for cheating Steve Irwin fans

BRISBANE, Australia, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A woman and a teenager were charged in Australia with trying to take advantage of admirers of the television "Crocodile Hunter," Steve Irwin.

Animal Planet to air Croc Hunter memorial

SYDNEY, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The Animal Planet cable channel plans to air Tuesday's memorial service in Australia for "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin in the United States. Animal Planet said in a news release the memorial at the Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Australia, would be aired Tues
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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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