load_file(“/includes/top.html”);load_file(“/includes/navmenu.html”);HOMELIFE,ARTSFamily of late conservationist Steve Irwin sends ‘thank you’ message to Australian town holding funeral for crocodileSource:AFP Published: 2019/3/17 16:33:39load_file(“/includes/article_shareup.html”);With Elton Johns “Crocodile Rock” playing in the background and a tribute from Steve Irwins family, a small seaside town in north Queensland bade farewell to a beloved community member Saturday, a saltwater crocodile.Affectionately known as Bismarck, Fluffy or Gary, depending on who you speak to, Cardwell residents held a ceremony to say goodbye to the towns 4.5-meter croc.More than 50 people attended the service, held at the Cardwell Jetty and organized by local Thea Ormonde.Bismarck made international headlines earlier this month, when fisherman Ryan Moody posted a video about finding the crocodile – rumored to be as old as 80 – dead in a creek with whats believed to be a gunshot wound.The family of late bushman Steve Irwin sent a representative and recorded a thank you to the small town that played at the Saturday service, praising their positive attitude toward the reptiles.They said their late husband and father – a zookeeper and conservationist – would have been the proudest of Cardwell residents for accepting the croc as a part of their town.”He was so, so passionate about protecting crocodiles and making sure we had these modern-day dinosaurs for the future generations,” Irwins daughter Bindi and son Rob said.Ormonde told AFP she couldnt believe the interest the crocodiles death attracted from across the world. “Bismarck delighted locals and tourists as he was always happy to show himself at a safe distance,” she said.”I believe he lived by the belief, you leave me alone and Ill leave you alone.”Not everyone had the same feeling about honoring Bismarck though.Local Member of Parliament Nick Dametto said “theres no proof the animal has been shot, its still very much under investigation.”A spokesperson from Cardwell Police confirmed they are currently investigating the death of the crocodile to see if its been killed illegally.In Queensland, the illegal taking of a crocodile has a maximum fine of Aus$28,383 ($20,000).AFPPosted in: FAMILY,RELATIONSHIPS,ART,TOUCH OF WARMTH/* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */var disqus_shortname = globaltimes; // required: replace example with your forum shortnamevar disqus_identifier = 1142343;/* * * DONT EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */(function () {var dsq = document.createElement(script); dsq.type = text/javascript; dsq.async = true;dsq.src = https:// + disqus_shortname +;(document.getElementsByTagName(head)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(body)[0]).appendChild(dsq);})();Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by comments powered by Disqusload_file(“/includes/channel_right.html”);load_file(“/includes/footer.html”);$(document).ready(function($){$(“#channel-list .row-content”).each(function(){  if($(this).children().length==1){$(this).children().css(width,100%);}

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