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Google acknowledges achievements of Steve Irwin, honours him with Doodle on birth anniversary

On Friday, Google remembered the celebrated 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin and honoured him with its special slideshow of doodles

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On Friday, Google remembered the celebrated 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin and honoured him with its special slideshow of doodles. 

The series of doodles trace the Australian zookeeper and conservationist’s life. 

The video starts with Irwin as a child when he helped in a conservation exercise. He was 9-years-old then. 

Irwin was brought up around crocodiles and other reptiles in the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park, started by his parents.

His wife Terri Irwin wrote on a blog post for Google, “Today’s Google Doodle acknowledges the life and achievements of my husband Steve Irwin, whose efforts to protect wildlife and wild places have been recognized as the most extensive of any conservationist.”

Steve Irwin was not just a conservationist but also a TV show host and came under the spotlight due to his enthusiasm and love for the fauna he had grown up around. 

On his 6th birthday, his parents had gifted him an eleven-foot python.

He had also helped his parents set up their roadside wildlife park where he met his wife Terri whom he married in her hometown in Oregon. 

Interestingly, the newlyweds spent their honeymoon capturing crocodiles. The Crocodile Hunter is one of the most popular shows Steve presented which is said to have reached and watched by nearly 500 million people.

However, the lovely and ever so passionate Steve Irwin’s life came to an end after he was stung through the chest by a stingray in 2006 near the Great Barrier Reef while filming an underwater documentary film titled Ocean’s Deadliest. 

Today, he would have been 57. Irwin was born on February 22, 1962. 

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