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News Source: The Courier-Mail (4th September 2007)
by Glenis Green
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STEVE Irwin fans don't come any more passionate than six-year-old Jacob Hunter, who decided to change his name to "Croc" when his idol died a year ago today.

And a lifelong dream came true for little "Croc" Hunter yesterday when he visited Irwin's Australia Zoo at Beerwah.

Wearing matching crocodile caps, "Croc" and his older brother Alex, 8, from Sydney, were among many visitors to visit the memorial fence of 157 khaki shirts at the zoo to reflect on the death of Irwin, who was killed by a stingray in north Queensland.

The boys' parents, Mick and Donna, said Jacob had taken Irwin's death especially hard.

"He just turned to us and said 'my last name's Hunter, so from now on I'm going to be called Croc, not Jacob'," said Mrs Hunter.

Zoo spokeswoman Katie Maynes said while official celebrations of Irwin's life were scheduled for November 15, some people would still want to mark the exact day of his death today.

Widow Terri and their two children, Bindi, 9, and Robert, 3, will not be at the zoo today, having said they wanted to mark the day privately.

Commemorative Tributes published in The Courier-Mail can be seen here.

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