Tuesday, September 05, 2006


I feel sorry when anybody loses life. I simply hate death. That explains why I see my doctor twice a year!

Today, the world mourns the death of
Steve Irwin, an environmentalist, animal lover, down to earth person, risks taker, husband, friend, dad and many more. How did he die? Here is the story.

In Africa, we simply don’t play with the so called wild species. We hardly have pets that lives inside homes, sleeps on our beds and couches, kisses us. When I was young I used to keep a dog (he was called Pijo) until when it bite our neighbor’s son. After that incidence I graduated in my lessons of categorizing animals accordingly. The wild ones remains in the bush, they are never pets. Things are differently elsewhere when an animal lover goes to extremes.

The first time I saw Steve Irwin play with the crocodiles I thought he was totally crazy. I now know that he was not crazy but was some sort of extremist (when it came to animals).
Unfortunately, he died still loving animals and truly caring to even give them a kiss. For that I respect him although as an African still can not comprehend his actions. His death reminds us the Las Vegas the 2003 incidence whereby Roy of Seigfield and Roy Show was attacked by the tiger. And that should explain, once again, why we need to love animals, treat them as nice as we can but never forget that their IQs are different from our and never shall they be like ours. RIP Steve Irwin


Scout said...

ya, i could never quite understand what he was doing with wild animals either....i mean, on one had it was really informative, on the other i would watch and say, 'leave that animal alone you are disturbing it and that's not fair'.

however, he was a bubble and at least he 'died with his boots on', nothing better then 'to do' while enjoying a passion!

this means i'm requesting you partake in a type of poll that bloggers send around to friends on their sites.

the questions to post and answer can be seen at:

a fun way to get to know each other better in our support of those with similar outlook. have fun!!!

cheezwhiz said...

When you refer to people in Africa not taking pets as we do in North America, it rang a bell. My husband spent several years growing up, and then again as an adult, living in Ghana, and our neighbours across the street happen to also be from Ghana. My neighbours tell me that they first found it odd that Canadians bring so many plants into the house, and plant ornamental gardens. They tell me that in ghana usually if something is grown in a yard it is to eat. I guess, like pets, it's a testament to how REALLY FORTUNATE we are here to have discretionary money (and water) to spend on plants and pets - whole aisles in the grocery stores devoted to pet food, gardening stores, etc. For most of us here, our basic needs are met, so we can afford to then look beyond at such otherwise frivolous things. I love gardening and have recently adopted a kitten, too. Your comments remind me to be conscious that just being able to do these things means that I am incredibly well off, within a global perspective. Haven't read through all your posts yet, but will do so. Enjoying them very much so far! I love your I.D. photo - did you take it?

Jeff Msangi said...

Thanks for stopping by as well as leaving your comments.
Regarding your comments;while I am not very sure whether I completely digested and understood what you meant about the relationship between fortune and keeping pets inside as well as plants etc,I think it is wrong to think that pets and plants,in africa,are kept outside,due to lack of water or food to support the pets.I believe its just the traditions,ways of lives,that the conduct is different out there.Its a matter of societal decisions buried in long history of humanity from the days of creation.

In Africa,even among the wealthiest families (in africa when you are wealthy it means wealthy) the traditions remains the same.Pets and most of plants(except money plant) are kept outside.But that does not mean,they are left alone.Care is taken.

cheezwhiz said...

for sure, Jeff. Cultural traditions differ so widely - it's a mistake to think that their explanations are one-dimensional. Perhaps my disgust with the, shall we say, 'frivolity' of spending habits and use of resources over here took over from the original point which was just that attitudes towards animals vary between places. I didnt' mean to oversimplify, or even pretend to understand, all the reasons behind that. However, I would LOVE to go to some African countries some day - hope to in retirement (something to look way, way forward to)- and learn more about those different of the world. In the meantime it's nice to be able to connect with others of different backgrounds here in the ether :)

Jeff Msangi said...

I am glad to hear that.I would be happy to help you arrange a trip towards the east coast of africa where I come from.That is the land of Kilimanjaro,Zanzibar,Masai Mara,Lake Manyara,Serengeti,Ngorongoro and you name it.

cheezwhiz said...

Kenya, then. Well, you've travelled far and that will give you such broad perspectives. Hope you keep on writing about yoru experiences and insights.

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