Let’s face it, the late Steve Irwin was a a true hero to us all and his son Robert may only be 15 years of age, but I can tell he’s already doing this dad proud and taking on his legacy as an animal expert and TV star.
Robert has recently taken part in TV shows, as well as conservation work, paying tribute to the work of his father, who tragically passed away in 2006 after a fatal stingray sting.
In a heartwarming move (can someone please pass me over those tissues…), Steve and Terri’s son had the idea to recreate an image of his dad, where he was feeding a crocodile fifteen years before.
Robert posted the image on his social media, alongside the caption summarising the photo:
“Dad and me feeding Murray… same place, same croc – two photos 15 years apart.”
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His followers – and fans of the late Steve – showed their support online, with one commenting:
“So special, and so much style mate.”
“Can’t begin to imagine how proud he would be Robert.”
Yes, it might just be a picture of two guys feeding a big chunk of meat to a carnivorous reptile, but isn’t it just lovely?!
Although he’s been on screen recently, Rob’s not the only member of the family to maintain his dad’s impressive wildlife empire. His wife Terri and daughter Bindi and both continuing to advocate the environment.
“I think now, even more so than when Dad was around, our wildlife is really being depleted as such an incredibly rapid rate,” said Robert.
“I think it’s so important that we can learn to love and respect all animals and natural places, not just the cute and cuddly creatures.”
Robert’s sister, Bindi, 20, also said:
“With our work with Australia Zoo and our non-profit organisation Wildlife Warriors, every single day of our lives is spent continuing Dad’s legacy and making sure that everything he lived for and worked so hard for carries on into the future.”
Terri, Steve’s wife, 54, added to the conversation, explaining how important conserving apex predators is and commenting that it doesn’t need to be:
“You don’t have to dedicate your entire life to make really positive change, so if you’ve got time, you can do little things – recycle, turn off the lights when you leave a room, turn off the tap when you brush your teeth, that sort of thing really helps.”
“And if you can volunteer in your local community, you can do something to help – if there’s a clean-up-the-park day or plant-a-tree-day – and then all of us have funds we can put towards things that are so important. There’s so many things the public can do to help with it!”
What a touching way to remember Steve Irvin’s wonderful legacy.