When I was finished interviewing Irwin I asked if he would be willing to speak briefly with one of his fans, my seven-year-old daughter. Sure mate, he said. We'd just visited the Everglades, so my daughter first asked him which he liked better, crocodiles or alligators (the answer was a foregone conclusion), and then if he was a vegetarian. He admitted that he wasn't, she reported. Since unlike us he had probably saved more animals than he'd eaten, we forgave him.