Originally Posted by -Slap-
What was the overwhelming reaction from most people after their initial expression of sorrow for his death?
"I can't say I'm surprised", was the most common response I heard. There's no denying he pursued his passion, but its also undeniable he was often reckless in the way he did things.
My opinion is he loved animals, but he didn't really show them as much respect as he probably should have. I'm never comfortable when these "wildlife enthusiasts" decide to include their children in the act. You're always reading about some idiot who keeps wild cats and then acts disgusted when authorities make him give them up after they maul his child.
He showed them more respect than 99% of the rest of the world does. That's the ignorance part for a lot of people. By doing what he done he brought awareness and conservation into light. His behind the (TV) scenes work on conservation and education on wildlife was extensive.
And his "recklessness" was calculated experience. He included his children in what he and his wife done just like his father included him in what he done.
His death was in no way from being reckless, an unfortunate accident though.