"Crocodile Hunter" Fans May Be Revenge-Killing Stingrays

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Irwin's producer John Stainton told Australia's ABC News that he was "horrified to hear about the slaughter of these stingrays, and I know that Steve would be absolutely disgusted.

"Any revenge on any animal—no matter whether it's a croc that's taken somebody or a shark that might have taken somebody—used to absolutely turn his stomach. … He always said [violence] is not the way to deal with the animals in the ocean," he added.

Animals "are doing what they do because that's what they're about. And the fact that he was killed by a stingray is absolutely his fault," Stainton said.

"I mean, he was in their territory, and as he always said, if you're in their territory, you play by their rules.

"But it doesn't mean to say that people should be going out and taking revenge on stingrays."

Public Memorial Announced

Meanwhile, details of a public memorial service for Irwin were announced today.

The service will be held September 20 at the Crocoseum, the 5,500-seat open-air theater at the Australia Zoo, the wildlife park owned by Irwin and his U.S.-born wife, Terri.

Attendees can make a donation to Irwin's Wildlife Warriors fund, Terri Irwin said today in her first public statement since her husband's death.

The service will also be broadcast live on television and radio in Australia, Asia, and the United States. Large television screens will be erected in Brisbane and on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

"I cannot see how a memorial service would work in any other place other than the Crocoseum, which he built here at the zoo and of which he was so proud," Terri Irwin said in the statement.

Terri Irwin described her late husband as her "soul mate" and thanked the community for their "overwhelming outpouring of love, support and prayers."

A private funeral was held at the Australia Zoo this past weekend.

Irwin's father, Bob Irwin, told the press, "Because Steve loved the bush so much and yarning around the camp fire," the service "was just like he would have wanted, with everyone telling their favorite stories about him around a candlelit fire."

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