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Celebrities At Risk -- When Animals Attack

9/5/2006 5:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Steve Irwin, Timothy Treadwell, Roy HornThe sudden death of Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin marks the third time in three years a celebrity who performs with animals has been attacked on the job. Irwin was killed Monday, when a stingray's tail barb pierced a hole in his heart as he was shooting an underwater documentary off the coast of Queensland.

In 2003, magician Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy barely escaped death when he was mauled by a white tiger named Montecore -- a show regular for years-- during a performance in Las Vegas. As with Irwin, Horn was well trained and the big cat was seemingly unprovoked.

Timothy Treadwell, a controversial wildlife activist also known as the Grizzly Man, spent 13 summers living among bears and filming in the Alaskan wilderness. Earlier this year, Treadwell was found dead and partially eaten by one of his beloved grizzlies at his campsite in Katmai National Park. His girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, was also killed.

Even in Hollywood, the stars are at risk. In 2001, Sharon Stone's husband Phil Bronstein was bitten on the foot by an Indonesian Komodo Dragon during a "private tour" of the Los Angeles Zoo. Bronstein nearly lost his toe in the attack.

Most recently, Paris Hilton was forced to visit a hospital emergency room when her pet Kinkajou bit her on the arm. The heiress was not badly hurt, but did receive a tetanus shot.

Most wild animal attacks are extremely rare and can be prevented. In fact, there have been less than 20 stingray deaths in Australia in the last 30 years.


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Still in shock over the Croc mans death.

2913 days ago

coco puff    

The guy had it coming to him, one way or another. The bottom is, he pushed the envelope like the other naturalist morons and paid the price. It's a well now fact that his and others actions made for larger ratings on TV. Why do you think people watched Evil Knievel? DAH!

2913 days ago

coco puff    

I watched the movie of that grizzly man idiot. He was a Steve Irwin wannabee and just did it to become famous. I hope the bear didn't get indigestion from eating that self serving douche bag!

2913 days ago


How can you people be so insenitive to other people?I bet if it was one of your family member's you would not be talking like that.I am sure that you a.. holes do stupid sh..,and think it's funny or cool.That just happen's to a job that steve loved .I think that he was good at,yes accidents happen.You sould not mock or make fun of other people sadness or death.You know what they say,opp's, i guess you don't .Well here it is...........What goe's around come's around.One day it will be your turn to bite the bullet.where will you be,and will you be doing something you loved.Prob. Not.

2913 days ago

coco puff    

I'm so tired of reading these faggy, p***y s*** comments. What goes around comes around, what are you stuck in the f***ing third grade? Anyone can write whatever the f*** they want, it's America, you liberal f***s! If you don't like it, move to North Korea and have a dog sandwich, you p*****s!

2913 days ago


They are WILD animals !!!!
Duh people !!!!!!!!! WILD means you cannot control them no matter how much you think you can. GEEEEEZE
No one wishes them harm but you have to say, they put themselves in harms way. God Bless their Souls.

2913 days ago


Dolt with the limited vocabulary and obviously even more limited education -- if you want to work somewhere other than flipping burgers, get yourself educated. Boo Hoo you stupid person.

2913 days ago


let's remember Steve's family who are dealing with his sudden death. He loved adventure, animals, but most of all his family.
Steve, opened our eyes to the world of wildlife. To become a Zoologist he was trained. He only wanted to make to world better for all living creatures, including mankind.

2913 days ago

He makes me sick    

Some people are forgetting that Steve Irwin was killed by an animal that has rarely killed people in the past (experts say from 3-17 people in known history have been killed by stingray barbs). This was a "freak" accident. In no way could he haved known what was about to happen.

Not only has Steve Irwin brought awareness of the benefit of dangerous animals to our ecosystem, he has also, I'm sure, prevented other people's deaths by educating his viewers about the "do's and don'ts" of dealing with these animals.

2913 days ago


i am usually not interested in celebs as most are pompous asses,but am deeply saddened by steve irwin's untimely death.
he was a bit crazy, but cool crazy not and not at all like some of those celebs that are so full of themselves they are ready to burst.
it was obvious how much he loved his family and no matter what any one says he was a devoted condolenses go out to his wife,children,and the rest of his family.he will be missed.

2913 days ago


Well said, Joy.

2913 days ago


I agree Steve. I think BooHoo's the one stuck in the third grade.

2913 days ago


i feel bad for his family. this must be a really tough time. and i think some that make comments about the risks he took feel bad that he died but don't no how to express themselves with out using bad words.

2913 days ago


Steve Irwin and Roy Horn knew that they were dealing with wild animals. Animals that no one can ever know what they are going to do. These guys knew the risks and as Roy said (not verbatim) he did not want the tiger killed - it was not his fault. Just like it wasn't the ray's fault. They knew the risks but they were so fascinated, in love with... animals they wanted to be with and around them. It was their choice and they aren't crying in their milk about it. It is a trajedy that Steve is dead but he put himself there.

With the grizzly guy, he was a self-important a**hole and hopefully was intelligent enought that he knew being around the bears, well, he may well be killed. If you can't handle the animal in its territory, stay away.

Mark Twain said: I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the "lower animals (so called) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I FIND THE RESULTS HUMILIATING TO ME. ---how true.

Leave them be.

2913 days ago

coco puff    

What's wrong with TMZ? All these Steve Irwin stories are making me sick, PUKE! What's going on in Miss Paris Hilton's life? That's so much more important and interesting! Get real people.

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