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Google marks Steve Irwin's 57th birthday with slideshow doodle
Internet and technology giant marks the 57th birthday of wildlife conservationist and television personality Steve Irwin with a slideshow doodle on its home page on February 22. Steve died about 13 years ago in 2006, when a barb from a stingray tore his heart during a documentary shoot in the sea.

"Today's slideshow Doodle celebrates and explores the life and legacy of wildlife conservationist and television personality Steve Irwin, who inherited a love of large reptiles early on in life and shared it with the world through his work at the Australia Zoo and his popular TV series The Crocodile Hunter. Irwin and his family dedicated their lives to the preservation and appreciation of earth's wildlife and wild places," informs Goggle Doodles website.

The website adds, born in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia on this day in 1962, Irwin was raised by Lyn and Bob Irwin, who gave him an eleven-foot python for his sixth birthday. He named the snake Fred. During the early 1970s, the Irwins moved to the Sunshine Coast in the Australian State of Queensland and opened Beerwah Reptile Park.

The website lists out following highlights of Steve's life.

-Learning to wrestle crocodiles since the age of nine, Irwin volunteered with Queensland's East Coast Crocodile Management Program, helping to capture and relocate endangered saltwater crocodiles?the largest of all living reptiles?to protect them from being harmed.

His media program 'The Crocodile Hunter' was a runaway hit show seen in more than 100 countries by over 500 million people.

-In 2001, the Australian government awarded Irwin the Centenary Medal for a lifetime of service, and in 2004 he was nominated for Australian of the Year.

-Among his many accomplishments was the discovery of a new species of snapping turtle, which was named Elseya irwini in his honor. In 2018 he was also posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Website concludes, "Today, Irwin's legacy lives on through his family's continued animal conservation work and with the celebration of Steve Irwin Day each November 15, an international celebration of wildlife, family, and fun including fundraising events to benefit the Australia Zoo's Wildlife Warriors program."

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