STEVE Irwin’s life and incredible work as an animal conservationist has been celebrated by Google on his 57th birthday.
Today’s Doodle depicts the Australian “Crocodile Hunter” as an animal rights activist and as a devoted family man.
Google doodle Steve Irwin’s life has been celebrated by Google today
TV star Steve, who was known for his charisma and khaki shorts, died in 2006 after a stingray’s barb pierced his heart.
His wife Terri along with his two children Robert and Bindi have carried on his incredible work with animals at the family’s Australia Zoo in Queensland.
Google has released a series of illustrations in celebration of Steve’s life and extraordinary career.
One of the Doodles shows the croc hunter’s unconventional honeymoon to his beloved wife.
In a blog post, Terri tells of how the pair decided to rescue a crocodile from a poacher after being married in Oregon, US, in 1992.
I had never heard anyone speak about crocs with such enthusiasmSteve’s wife Terri
She said: “We received a phone call about a poacher trying to kill a large crocodile in North Queensland, so instead of a honeymoon, Steve and I went to Australia to save the croc before the bad guys got him.
“We invited a film crew to come along and document our efforts.
“We didn’t know it at the time, but this would turn out to be the very first episode of The Crocodile Hunter and the beginning of a 14-year adventure, filming in locations across Australia and around the world.”
Terri met Steve in 1991 while visiting his family’s reptile park in Queensland – which would later become Australia Zoo.
Getty Images – Getty Steve Irwin was famed for his documentary series The Crocodile Hunter
Icon Images Steve Irwin with his wife Terri, left, son Robert and daughter Bindi in 2006
Google doodle Steve spent the early part of his career capturing and relocating crocodiles along with his dog Sui
Google doodle The TV star’s charisma and showmanship is depicted in the illustrations
She remembers being captivated by an “outspoken man” in khaki who was hand-feeding crocodiles.
Terri writes: “He was actually inside one of the croc enclosures sharing with the visitors just how special crocodiles really are.
“I had never heard anyone speak about crocs with such enthusiasm, much less have the calm courage to hand feed one of these giant saurians.
“I just had to speak to him.
“It was a decision that would change my life forever.”
LOVED AROUND THE WORLD
Another Google illustration shows Steve’s early life when he would catch and relocate huge crocs for the Queensland government.
He would spend months at a time hunting the ferocious reptiles in remote areas along with his little dog Sui.
One of the most eye-catching Doodles pays tribute to Steve’s showmanship after he renamed his zoo in 1998 and became a TV star through his series The Crocodile Hunter loved by viewers around the world.
The cartoon shows the animal rights activist feeding a giant croc in front of a dazzled crowd.
Google doodle Steve became a massive TV star thanks to his Crocodile Hunter TV series
Google doodle The adoring family man passed on his love of animals to his two children Robert and Bindi
Google doodle His family have dedicated themselves to carrying on Steve’s legacy at their zoo in Queensland
Australia Zoo is famed for its live demonstrations reinforcing Steve’s motto of “conservation through exciting education”.
Another illustration shows the adoring father spending time with his two young children.
Terri wrote: “The very best part of our lives together would have to be our two incredible children.”
“Losing Steve was a real crossroads for us, but together we decided to continue his mission.
“Bindi, Robert and I have dedicated our lives to the wildlife conservation work that Steve began.”
The final drawing shows the family at the zoo with Steve looking down upon them from a big billboard.
Terri adds: “Today we continue his mission by working to overturn recent legislation in Queensland which allows crocodile egg harvesting from vulnerable crocs in the wild to support the commercial leather trade.
“Steve’s legacy will definitely live on.”
Handout – Getty The Aussie activist’s passion for crocodiles made him a worldwide star
Getty – Contributor Steve’s family owned a reptile park in Queensland which was later re-branded Australia Zoo in 1998
Handout – Getty The blonde-haired conservationist died in 2006 after he was attacked by a stingray
Getty Images – Getty The father-of-two became a huge star in the US. Steve appearing with Jay Leno on NBC’s Tonight Show
Getty – Contributor His family have carried on his extraordinary work with animals
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