Google Doodle celebrates Steve Irwin, the original Crocodile Hunter

PIC: Friday's Google Doodle will be a tribute to the one-and-only Steve Irwin

PIC: Friday's Google Doodle will be a tribute to the one-and-only Steve Irwin

To commemorate the late animal conservationist and TV personality, who passed away in 2006, Google will unveil a Doodle in his honour.

As stated, the Google Doodle drawing of Steve Irwin will be available for 24 hours from this Friday 22 February 2019 so it might be worth checking it out.

In the 1970s, Irwin's parents opened a reptile park which Steve Irwin would eventually manage as he got older. It became a home for native species like lace monitors, tiger snakes, freshwater crocodiles and kangaroos.

Steve Irwin in his element.

Their shared love for animals continued through the years and even after Irwin's death the family continue his conservationist legacy, looking after 1,200 animals at a center called Australia Zoo.

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Irwin learned how to wrestle crocodiles from the age of nine and volunteered with Queensland's East Coast Crocodile Management Program, which captured and relocated endangered saltwater crocodiles to safety. He was most famous for his time as a presenter of The Crocodile Hunter TV programme, which saw global fame for over a decade from 1996 to 2007.

Google Assistant will also be joining in, with the assistant able to answer queries to learn fun facts about Steve and conservation and there will also be Google Trends data about wildlife and crocs, which Steve was most passionate about.

"Steve Irwin was a loving father and husband who dedicated his life to protecting wildlife and wild places", Terri Irwin said in a statement about the slideshow, which the family worked with Google to produce.

Irwin died in September 2006 when a stingray barb went through his chest during filming for a documentary project. But perhaps the most heart-warming of all are the illustrations of Steve with his wife Terri and kids Bindi and Robert. She won Season 21 of "Dancing With The Stars" and runs a popular Instagram account that gives a peek into the daily happenings at the Australia Zoo.

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