After Steve Irwin tragically passed in 2006, the Irwin family have continued to maintain his legacy and make him proud.
And this week, his son Robert has done just that as he took his first solo drive in his dad’s old truck for a very special trip…
Robert Irwin isn’t that little boy you might remember.
Now seventeen, he’s the spitting image of his dad.
And this week, he reached a pretty big milestone…
He passed his driving test and took his first solo drive in his dad’s old truck.
And after sharing a picture online, the internet’s loving it…
Now, Steve Irwin was an inspiration to everyone who watched him.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 to death at the scene.
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.”
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.
Fast-forward fourteen years and the kids have followed in their dad’s footsteps, becoming eager wildlife conservationists themselves.
Bindi, who is now twenty-two-years-old and has 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 earned 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.
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 also mirrors 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.
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 followers.
And in his most recent post, he shared some pretty big news…
He’s passed his driving test.
In a photo by his dad’s old truck, Robert shared the news with his followers…
Also revealing that his first solo drive was in his dad’s truck.
And it’s melted hearts…
Alongside the picture, Robert wrote: “Passed my driving test!”
“My first solo drive was a super special one – took my dad’s old Ute to see Grace in the hospital right after she was born.”
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