Technically, there are two creatures that Steve wanted nothing to do with. Interestingly, those two animals weren’t venomous or even predators. In “Steve Irwin’s Most Dangerous Adventures,” he admitted he feared the hippopotamus. Sure, they’re herbivores, but who wouldn’t fear an aggressive, multi-ton beast that can chomp humans in half?
The other animal that Steve dreaded, no one would expect. It is the lowly parrot. Yup, those little feathery creatures. Irwin hated parrots. For some reason, he said, parrots loved to bite him. One nearly tore off his nose. He’d been bitten by those squawking birds more times than he could count.
Steve’s Last Words
Only one person was around to hear Steve’s final commentary. Cameraman Justin Lyons was filming the last frame of the documentary "Ocean’s Deadliest" when a stingray zapped Steve in the chest with its barb. Justin panned out to follow the ray. When he panned back to Steve, he knew something went terribly wrong as blood clouded the water.
Justin desperately tried to help, telling the host to hang on and think of his family. That was when Steve said his very last words. He turned to the cameraman slowly, looked up, and calmly said, “I’m dying.” There was nothing anyone could do.
Steve Saved a Diver’s Life
Irwin wasn't only busy with saving animals. Sure, that was his job and his passion, but when the opportunity came, he save human life as well. In 2003, Steve and his crew happened to be filming at the Sea of Cortez near Mexico when a diving expedition went terribly wrong. A storm surge threw the divers against the rocks.
One woman had already died, and now the man who tried to rescue her needed to be saved. When Steve heard of the diving expedition's fate via an SOS call, he quit filming, swam across the channel, and rescued Scott Jones, bringing him aboard his main boat.
Steve Irwin Was a Doting Dad
For someone who initially didn't even want to have children, Irwin displayed some impressive parenting. You can tell by the way Bindi and Robert love and adore their late father that he was a loving parent. In a 2007 interview, Steve’s childhood best friend and croc partner, Wes Mannion, talked about how much his friend doted over his kids.
Wes said that even if he was in an important meeting and Bindi came bounding up saying, “Daddy! Daddy!” he wouldn’t shush her. Instead, Wes recalled, Steve would swoop her up and play with her. That's a great dad in our book.
Reports of Steve’s Death Angered His Father
There had been a sort of unwritten agreement between those close to Steve not to talk about his death. Justin Lyons, the cameraman who had worked with Steve for 15 years, had to wait until 2014 to speak of the 2006 death. And even then, it rubbed some people the wrong way.
When the cameraman talked about witnessing the beloved showman's death almost ten years after the tragedy, Bob Irwin spoke out. He said that Justin’s interview with an Australian talk show saddened him and made him feel angry. He said, as someone trying to heal from such a loss, bringing it up, even after all these years, made things worse.