Google is celebrating late Steve Irwin, more popularly known as the "Crocodile Hunter", with a Doodle. Today, February 22, would be his 57th birthday, which is also Australia's National Wildlife Day. Google has put together a slideshow of illustrations showing the Australian wildlife conservationist exploring the great outdoors, holding a crocodile and hanging out with his wife Terri and kids Bindi and Robert. To honour his legacy, Google Doodle has released a bunch of illustrations which follow the Crocodile Hunter's conservation efforts and achievements.
The doodle above the search bar featured a cartoon of Steve smiling while holding a large crocodile. The gallery slider also featured many memorable moments of the conversationalist's life, including sketches of his family carrying on his legacy at Australia Zoo.
Irwin died in September 2006 when a stingray barb went through his chest during filming for a documentary project. He left behind wife Terri, daughter Bindi and son Robert, now 15.
"Today's Google Doodle acknowledges the life and achievements of my husband Steve Irwin, whose efforts to protect wildlife and wild places have been recognized as the most extensive of any conservationist," wrote Irwin's wife Terri in a blog post for Google. Terri, now 54, has previously admitted she still feels close to Steve, refusing to remarry or even go on date, as reported by Daily Mail. And on Friday, Bindi Irwin, now 20, posted a beautiful tribute to the late great 'Crocodile Hunter'. Alongside a photo of Steve cradling her when she was just a tiny bub, she wrote, 'Thank you for always being my guiding light.'
Last year, Steve received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, more than a decade after his shock death.
Over the course of his life, Irwin found worldwide fame as an enthusiastic conservationist. His passion for wildlife started as a child when he would help out at his parents' roadside wildlife park in Queensland.Â It was there that he met his wife Terri Raines, and the pair married in her hometown of Eugene, Oregon, in 1992.
Instead of a honeymoon, the newlyweds traveled back to Australia to try and save a crocodile that was being hunted by a poacher, according to Raines.