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RE: Steve Irwin not Erwin or Urwin (Croc. Hunter) dies in sting ray attack

Ahem, yes _Irwin_, not any other alternative spelling.

When I saw Phil's email, I googled "Erwin" and found hundreds of hits, and
figured it must be right... a valuable lesson (beyond Irwin fans can't

TV tonight here is dominated by stories and interviews with him.

And cockatoos - yes, very vicious - and ex of mine had a pet one, it wanted
me dead I'm sure of it. Incredibly destructive when they put their minds to
it. Like a pair of pliers/pincer (capable of chewing up a wooden broomstick)
with wings and enough intelligence and mischievousness to make it something
to really worry about in a pet. It would sit there in the corner, and you
could see in its eye it was calculating my demise...

And, yes I think the "danger" side of things was exaggerated on TV, he grew
up with the critters and knew how most of them would react - though I
wondered when he expanded to other things like lions, komodo dragons and
spitting cobras etc... The reports are saying this was an unprovoked attack
from the stingray...


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] On Behalf Of
John Wilkins
Sent: Monday, 4 September 2006 8:30 PM
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: Re: Steve Erwin (Croc. Hunter) dies in sting ray attack

My mistake. I meant to post that to the list:

Parrots. A cockatoo once tried to eat his nose. I sympathise -  
vicious buggers when they don't like you.

It's spelled Irwin, by the way...

As it happens I saw him in action with various animals. He only  
*looked* like he was taking undue risks, but he knew what he was doing.

On 04/09/2006, at 12:00 PM, Phillip Bigelow wrote:

> Erwin claimed that he was afraid of no animal......except for  
> birds.  He
> often confided that he had visions of birds pecking his eyes out.   
> Tiny
> feathered dinosaurs!
> <pb>

On 04/09/2006, at 1:19 PM, Phillip Bigelow wrote:

> On Mon, 04 Sep 2006 18:45:58 +1000 Chris Glen  
> <s370548@student.uq.edu.au>
> writes:
>> Ahem, yes _E_rwin, not Urwin as I had.
> No worries.  I got contacted off-list and was told it is actually
> "Irwin".
> <pb>
> --

John S. Wilkins, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biohumanities Project
University of Queensland - Blog: evolvethought.blogspot.com
"Darwin's theory has no more to do with philosophy than any other
hypothesis in natural science." Tractatus 4.1122