Steve Irwin Made ‘Very, Very Weird’ Speech Before He Died, Says ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Producer

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Steve Irwin’s producer has opened up about the animal lover’s strange speech that he made before he died…

Steve Irwin was well known for being a family man and for his unwavering love for all animals…

The sensation, nicknamed the Crocodile Hunter, after his famous 1996 series, grew up around crocodiles, and other wonderful reptiles, and was educated by his father Bob Irwin.

His father, who had a passion for animals, grew up around an array of reptiles, varying from joey kangaroos and sugar gliders, to ringtail or brushtail possums, koala joeys, and baby birds.

And eventually, Bob decided to turn his passion into a business…

Moving his family from Essendon to Queensland and building the Beerwah Reptile Park, opening the Australian zoo in 1970, and eventually handing his legacy onto his son, Steve Irwin, leaving him to inspire the entire world.

Now, it’s been an awfully quiet fifteen years without Steve Irwin.

His handling of dangerous animals like saltwater crocodiles and venomous snakes shocked many people across the world – but his main goal was to educate his audience and to show them how we can live peacefully alongside these formidable animals.

He did so much for wildlife conservation.

Steve founded the Wildlife Warriors Worldwide foundation, which protects habitats and wildlife, creates breeding and rescue programs for endangered species, and leads scientific research to aid conservation.
And by owning Australia Zoo, the reptile park his father had built, he explored new techniques and strategies in the conservation of endangered and extinct wildlife.

Fellow wildlife guru and overall living legend, Sir David Attenborough, has been vocal in the past about his admiration of the late Steve Irwin.

The British TV veteran spoke of his thoughts on Irwin in an interview a few years ago: “Steve Irwin spent a lot of his time and money in nature protection and calling people’s attention to the danger the natural world is in, so all credit to him. “He did it in a way that I wouldn’t do it, in fact, he did it in a way that I couldn’t do it.”

He really was a national treasure…

So his untimely death in 2006 hit hard.

While filming for the documentary, Oceans Deadliest, in Batt Reef, just off the coast of Queensland in Australia, Steve was stabbed in the chest by a stingray.

Sadly, he died as other crew members helped him back to the shore…

Though stingray fatalities are extremely rare, the stingray’s barb struck the star directly in the heart.

And Steve wasn’t actually filming for his Oceans Deadliest show when the tragic incident occurred.

Although Irwin was set to film for Oceans Deadliest, it was called off as a result of the weather.
So, because he was bored, he decided to get some footage, with both his cameraman and director, of stingrays, for his daughter’s show Bindi the Jungle Girl.

The stingray was 220lb’s and 2.4 meters wide.

And it aggressively stabbed Irwin 100’s of times in a matter of seconds. 
But Justin Lyons, Irwin’s cameraman, didn’t realize at first. He continued to film until of course, he saw something had gone tragically wrong. 

Now, stingrays are actually shy and gentle creatures.

So, once Justin had realized Irwin had been struck, it came as a surprise as the sea creature usually reserves its venom for predators such as sharks, only attacking people when they’ve been threatened, or if they’ve been stepped on.
“I panned with the camera as the stingray swam away. I didn’t even know it had caused any damage,” Justin recalled.

“It wasn’t until I panned the camera back and Steve was standing in a huge pool of blood that I realized something had gone wrong.”

And so, Justin, as well as other members of the camera crew, began to rush Steve back to shore.

But, it became heartbreakingly clear that Steve Irwin was struggling for his life.

“He was having trouble breathing,” Justin said.

“Even if we’d been able to get him into an emergency ward at that moment we probably wouldn’t have been able to save him, because the damage to his heart was massive.”

After an hour of trying to perform mouth-to-mouth on Irwin, paramedics pronounced him dead.

Steve’s wife, Terri, was left to raise their 2 children, Bindi and Robert, single-handedly.

In an emotional interview on the Australian TV show, Ahn’s Brush With Fame, Terri recalled the last time that she saw her husband: “I remember him at the airstrip waving goodbye. That was the last time we saw him.”

Now his family continue to honor him…

And it’s most certainly what Steve would have wanted. So, in spite of the hole in the family’s heart, they continued to share his legacy with the world.

To this day, the trio continues his work at Australia Zoo…

And have all devoted their lives to animal conservation and bringing awareness to the causes that were close to Steve’s heart.

His kids have also done him proud…

Fast-forward fifteen years and Bindi and Robert have followed in their dad’s footsteps, becoming eager wildlife conservationists themselves.

We all remember the time Robert appeared on the Jimmy Fallon Show

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I may or may not have cried while watching this episode. It was so heartwarming to watch a then fourteen-year-old Robert educate Jimmy and the audience on an array of different animals, just like his dad had once done.

We were instantly thrust back to Steve’s guest appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno…

He effortlessly replicated his dad’s body language and overall charisma.

Both Robert and Bindi have done an incredible job at keeping their dad’s legacy alive.

And his camera crew still holds the memories of Steve’s death close to their hearts.

But one strange speech Irwin made before his death will forever be engrained in their memories…

John Stainton, Irwin’s producer, and friend opened up on the latest I’ve Got News For You podcast, sharing the “very, very weird” speech he gave days before he died.

Stainton revealed that he thought “something was wrong” after hearing what Irwin said…

Even revealing that he himself had a bad feeling before joining Ocean’s Deadliest, so much so, he took out a living will and had multiple health checks before filming began.

“A couple of days before we started the show, he made a little speech to all the crew that were up there catching crocs for his research trip — which I joined at the end with our crew,” said Stainton.

“He was sort of thanking them all for being who they were and for helping him. It was like a finale speech.”

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