Crocodile hunter Steve slammed over baby stunt
Crocodile hunter Steve Irwin may face a police investigation for holding his month old baby son a few feet away from the mouth of a crocodile at his Queensland zoo.
During a packed show at Irwin's Australian Zoo reptile park Irwin held his new son Bob in one arm while using his other to dangle a dead chicken in front of a 13 feet crocodile.
"He's one-month-old, so it's about time Bob got out there and did his first croc demo," the Aussie celebrity famed for his TV shows told the excited crowd with his trademark enthusiasm.
But critics branded Steve reckless.
Australian Family Association spokesman, Bill Muehlenberg said his conduct was tantamount to child abuse.
Queensland Police confirmed that they received complaints from the public about the incident.
Steve - who was recently named Queenslander of the year - defended the stunt, saying the baby was never in danger.
Steve's wife, Terri, looked on as Steve walked Bob to the crocodile pool at the Sunshine Coast wildlife park.
In an interview with an Australian newspaper, Steve defended his behaviour, saying: "This kid has to grow up to be croc savvy.
"I guess what I am doing is teaching him to be completely familiar with crocodiles. There's no way known I would ever endanger my child."
I like the Croc hunter...but no way do you take a baby around a 13 foot crocodile....I don't care how experience you are...that is just stupid....a kid can wait a little longer than 1 month to learn about crocs.....