Robert Irwin Celebrates 17th Birthday With a Heartwarming Throwback Video of His Dad Steve | 22 Words

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.

Keep scrolling for the video...

 

Steve Irwin was an inspiration to everyone who watched him.

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Steve 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.

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Steve 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.

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Though 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.

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Steve'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.

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It'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.

Fast-forward fourteen years and the kids have followed in their dad's footsteps, becoming eager wildlife conservationists themselves.

Their likeness to their dad is simply uncanny. 

Bindi, who is now twenty-two-years-old and expecting a child of her own, and Robert, who has just turned seventeen, have kept Steve's memory alive in the best possible way - through their love and passion for animals and wildlife conservation.

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.

Robert was only 2-years-old when his dad passed away yet, despite spending the majority of his life without his father around, he has gone on to, not only become the spitting image of Steve, but to also mirror his charisma and passion for wildlife and nature.

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.

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Robert'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.

Robert is now a wildlife photographer.

The teenager runs an Instagram page that is dedicated to both his photography and his other wildlife adventures; he shares his day-to-day life with his 2.4 million followers.

He regularly shares posts dedicated to his dad.

Like his mom and sister, Robert regularly shares heartwarming throwback photos and videos of Steve with his family.

And his latest post is truly heartwarming...

Robert celebrated his seventeenth birthday on Tuesday and, in doing so, he shared an emotional video featuring clips of himself and his father.

The minute and a half video was made by Australia Zoo and includes clips of Steve talking about being a father for the second time and Robert growing up.

Over the clips of Robert growing up is a voiceover where Steve says: "When they're ready to run up our mission, I will gladly step aside. Then and only then will I know that I achieved my ultimate goal. And my job will be done, and I guarantee you, it will be the proudest moment of my life."

Robert reposted the video on Instagram with the caption, "Our lovely Australia Zoo crew made this beautiful video to celebrate my birthday, and it means the world to me."

"I am beyond honoured to continue my dad’s legacy and I hope more than anything that he would be proud. I want to thank you for all of your lovely birthday messages and thanks to all who joined us for the celebrations at Australia Zoo today. Looking forward to seeing what this next year brings, in the last year of my childhood!" he continued.

You can watch the video here:

We're not crying, you're crying. For more on the Irwins, keep scrolling to find out why Bindi received backlash for her wedding TV special. The family has now responded...