In 2006, the world lost one of its kindest and most compassionate human beings - animal enthusiast, Steve Irwin.
His surviving family continue to keep his legacy alive to this very day and now, his son, Robert Irwin, has celebrated his 17th birthday with a heartwarming video of his dad.
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Steve Irwin was an inspiration to everyone who watched him.
via: GettySteve Irwin, often dubbed "The Crocodile Hunter," was an Australian zookeeper, conservationist, and TV personality. He rose to fame with his many wildlife documentaries, including The Crocodile Hunter and The Croc Files.
Irwin introduced many of us to the natural world.
via: GettySteve had a passion and enthusiasm for wildlife and nature like no other. His handling of dangerous animals like saltwater crocodiles (it's a no from me...) and snakes shocked many people across the world. But his main goal was to educate his audience and to show them how we can live peacefully alongside these formidable animals.
He did so much for wildlife conservation.Steve founded the Wildlife Warriors Worldwide foundation, which protects habitats and wildlife, creates breeding and rescue programs for endangered species, and leads scientific research to aid conservation. He also owned Australia Zoo in Queensland, which explored new techniques and strategies in the conservation of endangered and extinct wildlife.
His remarkable work has even been recognized by the greats...Fellow wildlife guru and overall living legend, Sir David Attenborough, has been vocal in the past about his admiration of the late Steve Irwin. The British TV veteran spoke of his thoughts on Irwin in an interview a few years ago: "Steve Irwin spent a lot of his time and money in nature protection and calling people's attention to the danger the natural world is in, so all credit to him. "He did it in a way that I wouldn't do it, in fact, he did it in a way that I couldn't do it."
Steve's way with animals was unique and, quite simply, mesmerizing to watch.So his untimely death in 2006 hit hard. The world went into mourning when the news came in about Steve's tragic death. While filming for the documentary, Oceans Deadliest, in Batt Reef, just off the coast of Queensland in Australia, Steve was stabbed in the chest by a stingray.
The ray struck him several times.
via: Good News NetworkThough stingray fatalities are extremely rare, the stingray's barb struck Irwin directly in the heart. The crew reportedly got him back onto the boat and sailed back to shore, but Steve's injuries were too great, and he subsequently bled the death at the scene.
He left behind a wife and 2 children.
via: GettySteve's wife, Terri Irwin, was left to raise their 2 children, Bindi and Robert Irwin, single-handedly. In an emotional interview on the Australian TV show, Ahn's Brush With Fame, Terri recalled the last time that she saw her husband: “I remember him at the airstrip waving goodbye. That was the last time we saw him."
But Terri decided to carry on his legacy.
via: GettyIt's what Steve would have wanted. The surviving Irwins found a way to channel their pain into a perpetual memorial for the husband and father. All 3 of them, to this day, still continue his work at Australia Zoo, and have all devoted their lives to animal conservation and bringing awareness to the causes that were close to Steve's heart.
And his kids really are a chip off the old block.
Their likeness to their dad is simply uncanny.
Their continued work even earnt their dad a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.In April 2018, the late Steve Irwin was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Terri, Bindi, and Robert attended the ceremony while clad in the signature Irwin khaki safari shirts. And, in true Irwin fashion, they brought along their 4-foot long pet Anaconda snake, Angelica, to join in the festivities.
But it is Robert, in particular, who resembles his dad the most.
We all remember the time that he appeared on the Jimmy Fallon Show...I may or may not have cried while watching this episode. Though it was so heartwarming to watch Robert educate Jimmy and the audience on an array of different animals, just like his dad had once done.
The resemblance was simply uncanny.
via: GettyRobert's appearance on the show really took us back to Steve's guest appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - He effortlessly replicated his dad's body language and overall charisma.