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So long Mr. Erwin

By on September 7, 2006

I often confuse Steve Erwin with Dr. Brady Barr. Thanks to Wikipedia, the latter is the first person to capture all 12 species of crocodiles in their natural habitat. It was in a National Geographic feature that I saw Dr. Barr captured a baby Philippine crocodile (Crocodylus Mindorensis) in the wild. This was said to be a very remarkable achievement since this particular species, is so rare and endangered that it is thought of to exist only in captivity.

The untimely and unlikely death of Steve Erwin, a famous conservationist and Australian icon, came to me as a shock not because his demise fell a day before my birthday but because he could still have done so many things – like raising awareness about misunderstood animals and educating the younger generations that we actually are not owners but mere stewards of this planet.

I have not seen a live sting ray (pagi in our local dialect) in all 22 years of my life. I only saw portions of the fish, conveniently cut in squares and cooked in coconut milk. The said ‘barb’ that struck Irwin’s heart is sometimes used as whip for misbehaving children. And in some parts of Northern Mindanao, its flesh is sometimes dried, then salted and then sold especially to patrons with exotic taste buds.

Even if Mr. Irwin was still alive today, doing shows in the Australian Zoo or catching tarantulas, venomous snakes and crocodiles with his bare hands, he will never read this blog entry. But I am just humbled to know that he died doing the thing that makes him live – passion in understanding more about this world that we are in.

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    the caterpillar

    September 7, 2006

    according to one news article i’ve read, the cause of his death’s kinda rare since only 1 or two people in the world die annually due to stingray barb… in fact, another news article said that “there had only been 17 fatal stingray attacks worldwide.”

    in a way, he died doing his “mission”…pero wawa naman siya. a freak accident took his life.

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    Nikababes

    September 10, 2006

    i super wanted to blog about stevenn irwin too!!! i love animals and would like to be on animal planet or work at a zoo. na-sad nga ako sa pagkamatay niya, not that we are close or anything but, i think he did great in his job. kahit OA siya na tao, kitangkita ang passion niya…

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    a021377d

    September 12, 2006

    whoa! i believe he was less nervous when that happened… he would have never thought that it would be his time with something less dangerous than the crocks…

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    a021377d

    September 12, 2006

    whoa! he must have been less nervous when that happened. surely he faced more dangerous animals and he survived! … when our time is up, then it is…

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    Jerome aka Bridget Jones

    September 12, 2006

    i love how you described his work, bro. he would be smiling right now…

    be in cebu from sept 28-oct 4…

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    Nikababes

    September 14, 2006

    bren, i tagged you! 🙂 see my blog. hope patulan mo. hehehe…

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    gwapo_na_baktin

    September 25, 2006

    jr3. bakit jr3? :D. thanks to your comment, i had to edit immediately my post (i thought it was a manta ray that struck the late mr. erwin.)

    bridget. how’s your Cebu escapades? Lartian again? 😀

    ton. thanks for dropping by. and te niks, i do hope i can comply with your tag. i’m a relatively lazy person. so it may take a while before i can say something about my natural highs 😉

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Brennan Mercado
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Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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