“Crikey!” Steve and the Kerala crocodiles
Think Steve Irwin and it’s difficult to take the crocodile off the frame.
But the government is in a tight spot after it received a notice from Terri, wife of the Australian “Crocodile Hunter”, questioning the commercial use of her husband’s name.
Irwin died in 2006 after a stingray barb pierced his heart while filming off Australia’s coast.
Kerala, known for its wildlife and backwaters, attracts a lot of foreign and domestic travellers.
The park in question was set up in 1977 for breeding of reptiles and was renamed as the Steve Irwin Crocodile Rehabilitation and Research Centre in 2007.
The facility, run by the forest department, also has a lion safari, deer park and a boating facility.
“The government had renamed the park to honour Steve Irwin and create some interest in people visiting the park,” says Surendranathan Asari, the former principal chief conservator of forests.
But the notice suggests Steve’s wife does not share the same thought.
Was the government right in naming the park without taking prior permission?
What prompted Terri to send a notice nearly two years after the park was renamed?
More will be revealed in the coming days as the state government scrambles for a reply.
What do you feel? Will the name stay or will we soon be reporting a renaming ceremony?