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澳“鳄鱼猎人”遭鱼毒杀
[ 2006-09-05 11:00 ]

环保奇人、澳大利亚电视名人史蒂夫·欧文于9月4日在澳东北部海底拍片时被一条黄貂鱼的背棘刺中胸部,中毒身亡。史蒂夫·欧文是澳大利亚著名动物保护主义者,绰号“鳄鱼猎人”,1992年因录制纪录片《鳄鱼猎人日记》而一举成名。欧文在公众间的形象可谓毁誉参半——正是在他的抗议下,澳大利亚联邦政府才放弃了准许在北界为有钱的游客推出“猎杀鳄鱼”的旅游项目;2004年,欧文也曾因怀抱一个月大的婴儿拿肉挑逗鳄鱼,遭受公众的指责。

 

 

Steve Irwin, host of Animal Planet's series "The Crocodile Hunter", holds a rattle snake during Nickelodeon's 15th annual Kids' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California in this April 20, 2002 file photo. Sky Television reported that Irwin, whose television show "The Crocodile Hunter" won international acclaim and popularised the phrase "Crikey", had been stung by a sting ray. Australian emergency officials could not immediately confirm the reports. [Reuters]

BRISBANE, Australia - Steve Irwin, the Australian television personality and environmentalist known as the Crocodile Hunter, was killed Monday by a stingray barb during a diving expedition, media reports said.

Irwin, 44, was filming an underwater documentary on the Great Barrier Reef in northeastern Queensland state when the accident occurred, Sydney's The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on its Web site. 

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. said Irwin was diving near Low Isles Reef near the resort town of Port Douglas, about 2,100 kilometers (1,260 miles) north of the state capital of Brisbane when the incident happened.

Queensland ambulance service spokesman Bob Hamil confirmed that a diver had been killed by a stingray off Lowe Isles Reef, but said the person's name wasn't being released pending notification of the family.

A rescue helicopter was sent from the nearby city of Cairns, and paramedics from it confirmed the diver's death.

"The probable cause of death is stingray strike to the chest," Hamil said.

Staff at Australia Zoo, Irwin's zoo in southern Queensland, said they had heard the media reports but could not make any comment.

Irwin is famous for his enthusiasm for wildlife and his catchcry "Crikey!" in his television program, Crocodile Hunter, which was first broadcast in Australia in 1992 and has been broadcast around the world on the Discovery channel.

He rode his image into a feature film, and developed the Australia Zoo as a tourist attraction.

The public image was dented in 2004 when Irwin triggered an uproar by holding his baby in one arm while feeding large crocodiles inside a zoo pen. Irwin claimed at the time there was no danger to his son, and authorities declined to charge Irwin with violating safety regulations.

Later that year, he was accused of getting too close to penguins, a seal and humpback whales in Antarctica while making a documentary. Irwin denied any wrongdoing, and an Australian Environment Department investigation recommended no action be taken against him.

(Agencies)

Vocabulary:
 


television personality: 电视名人

stingray: 黄貂鱼,尾部生有一个或多个有毒的背棘,能造成很严重的伤害

diver: 潜水者

pending: 悬而未决的,此处指“(在未通知其家属)之前(不予公布受害者的姓名)”

feature film: 故事片

penguins: 皇企鹅(详解其“生活习性”,欣赏“精彩图片”

dent:凹陷,此处引申为“产生的负面影响”

make a documentary:拍摄纪录片

(英语点津陈蓓编辑)

 
 

 

 

 
 
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