The Crocodile Family

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Terri and Bindi Irwin love crocs!

Terri and Bindi Irwin love crocs! Source: Gaye Gerard/Getty Images hide caption

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The Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, and his wife Terri got me through my junior year of college. Ok, that's a bit of hyperbole, but after a long day of lectures, note-taking, and big-idea-generating, there was no better way to relax than to turn on Animal Planet and watch the Croc Hunter take such glee in tempting fate with wild animals. Of course, the twist is that this daredevil attitude ultimately ended his life when an encounter with a sting ray went wrong. Still, I learned a lot from the husband-and-wife — from Steve, to approach animals with care, curiosity, and respect, and from Terri, to love and understand your partner, no matter how outlandish his chosen life and career may be. What did you learn from the Irwins?

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I have two little girls, age 4 and almost 7. They both loved "the Crocodile Hunter" and are ecstatic over "Bindi the Jungle Girl" They occasionally cry because they miss Steve, but they understand he was doing what he loved and still manages to watch over his kids somehow. If there's any way for Bindi to ever tour and meet the kids in America, I have her two biggest fans here in Arizona.

Sent by Leslie Bruner Bradford | 3:25 PM | 11-7-2007

Hi from Kansas! I just wanted to say pls keep up the GREAT WORK Terri and Bindi and hugs to you all! I cried and cried when I heard of Steve's passing I have loved your family since the first day I saw you on tv. I will never forget him and any of your beautiful family. You are always in my thoughts and prayers!

Sent by Kirsten | 3:38 PM | 11-7-2007

My husband and I loved Steve so much. Our lasting impression of Steve, from the moment we discovered him, was simply " the world is blessed to be inspired by such a dynamic, loving person." We always imagined him as an angel on earth. His spirit lives on in so many ways. We are so happy we can share that with our children. Bindy is a beauty!

Sent by Shelley Cummins | 3:42 PM | 11-7-2007

I have reservations about the sincerity and intent of Miss Irwin, largely due to her inability to field legitimate questions from Neil Conan, instead opting to gloss everything over. Any parent who would put their own children so much at risk under the illusion of control over nature has some reconsidering to do. Additionally, the tactics employed in their flavor of highlighting nature has always made conservationists and ecologists cringe. Sure, they do good monetarily for wildlife. But must we pretend to be their masters in order to attract attention to the cause? I have doubts that the demographic who watches The Crocodile Hunter are the people taking active steps to preserve our planet and its wildlife. Yes, there is a dynasty here, and it even comes with its own glossy, disingenuous spokesperson. Good day.

Sent by John Statham | 10:44 PM | 11-8-2007