Google Rolls Out New Doodles To Honor Wildlife Expert Steve Irwin’s Birthday
By Mikelle Leow, 22 Feb 2019
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13 years since his passing, the mere mention of the expression, “Crikey,” is still likely to bring up instant memories of the late Steve Irwin.
The Australian wildlife conservationist, famously known as the ‘Crocodile Hunter’, has undoubtedly left a mark in this world. On Thursday, 21 February, Google honored Irwin—who would have turned 57 that day—with a series of doodles celebrating his life’s work and the close bond he had with his family.
In a guest blog post, Irwin’s wife, Dr Terri Irwin, reminisced about the Steve that she fell in love with in 1991.
“I had never heard anyone speak about [crocodiles] with such enthusiasm, much less have the calm courage to hand-feed one of these giant saurians,” she mused. “I just had to speak to him. It was a decision that would change my life forever.”
She also said, “We are so proud that his legacy lives on, as that was his greatest wish. He once said, ‘I don’t care if I’m remembered, as long as my message is remembered.’”
Today, Irwin’s family members honor his legacy with continued animal conservation work. 15 November also marks Steve Irwin Day, an international celebration where funds are raised to benefit the Australia Zoo’s ‘Wildlife Warrior’ program.
Check out Google’s 21 February 2019 doodles, illustrated by artist Shanti Rittgers, below.
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Our entire #AustraliaZoo family feels truly honoured to celebrate Steve with his very own #GoogleDoodle. Happy Birthday for tomorrow, to the greatest Wildlife Warrior and inspiration to us all. Check out Steve's @Google Doodle on the link in our bio!
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The love between the late Steve Irwin and his to-be wife, naturalist Terri Raines, is said to have occurred “at first sight,” and “matched equally with their passion for animal conservation,” says Google. Image by Shanti Rittgers for Google
The couple were both partners in life and work. Image by Shanti Rittgers for Google
One of Irwin’s fondest moments was when a wild mother orangutan gave him a hug. Image by Shanti Rittgers for Google
Irwin’s wife, Terri, and his children, Bindi and Robert, continue to prolong his life’s work of animal conservation. Image by Shanti Rittgers for Google
[via BuzzFeed, images by Shanti Rittgers for Google]
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