On September 4, 2006, Steve Irwin passed away after a fatal sting to the heart occurred while he was handling stingrays. Steve was respected for his work with animals and he was known around the world as the “Crocodile Hunter.”
At the time of his death, Steve’s children, Bindi Irwin and Robert Irwin, were only 8 and 2 years old. Steve passed away just months before his son’s third birthday.
While Steve Irwin has been gone for nearly 12 years now, his impact on the world has been long-lasting. Fans of his know that he was much more than “The Crocodile Hunter.” He worked hard as a conservationist. He even once said, “I have no fear of losing my life – if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it.”
Since Steve passed away, his wife, Terri Irwin, has continued his pioneering work at the Australia Zoo and around the globe, with the help of her children. Not-so-little Robert turns 15 at the end of 2018. Robert’s older sister, Bindi, has put in a lot of work over the years and truly is her father’s daughter.
November 15. Steve Irwin Day. Today we remember all that Dad achieved for wildlife and wild places around the world. He taught me that we must all treat animals the way we wish to be treated. I think that his advice applies to both animals and people. In order to protect our planet, we must first learn to be kind in every part of life. If we are able to show kindness for each other we can be kind to our wildlife and in turn, our planet. I strive to encourage people to remember that conservation is not only about the cute and cuddly creatures, but also our crocodilians, snakes and sharks. We are all connected in some way.
In 2015, Bindi opened up about what it was like to grow up with “The Crocodile Hunter” for a father. Bindi has always spoken fondly of her time exploring the wilderness with her famous and adventurous father.
She described one of the first times she took after her father, where she talked to the camera about an interesting creature.
“I can remember, we were filming somewhere in the middle of the Australian outback and I was tiny and I found these ants. And they were quite big ants.
I was excited by these ants and I was like, ‘dad, we’ve got to come and film with these ants!’ And dad was kind enough to bring them over.”
The last two weeks have been beyond my wildest dreams. We unveiled Dad’s Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, caught up with The Tonight Show, celebrated our Steve Irwin Gala Dinner, opened the John Oliver Koala Chlamydia Ward at our Wildlife Hospital and last night I hugged my Dancing with the Stars family in the ballroom. I’d say our time in the USA was a glorious success and beautiful chapter in our lives.
In the video below, you can hear all the kind words Bindi had to say about her father. There is also an adorable clip of a four-year-old Bindi appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show to assist her father in showing off some cool animals.
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