Robert Irwin Is All Grown up and Learning to Drive in His Dad's Pickup Truck | 22 Words

Steve Irwin was perhaps the best, and most iconic thing to ever come out of Australia. His passion and enthusiasm for nature and animal conservation had the whole world hooked, and he consistently stressed the importance of respecting our planet and the animals that we share it with.

Since his tragic death in 2006, his legacy has been continued. Steve left behind his wife and 2 children but, in true Irwin fashion, they have worked to make sure that Steve's work isn't forgotten.

And his son, Robert, in particular, has grown to become a mini-me version of Steve. Keep scrolling to learn more about the latest major milestone in his life.

 

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 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 a remarkable amount of work for animal conservation and protection.

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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.

Steve's way with animals was unique and, quite simply, mesmerizing to watch.

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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.

He left behind a wife and 2 children.

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."

And Terri decided to continue on with Steve's legacy.

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The surviving Irwins found a way to channel their grief into a perpetual memorial for the husband and father. All 3 of them, to this day, 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 thirteen years...

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And Bindi and Robert have grown to become spitting images of their father.

Their likeness to their dad is simply uncanny.

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Bindi, who is now twenty-years-old, and Robert, who is fifteen, have kept Steve’s memory alive in the best possible way – through their love and passion for animals and wildlife conservation.

But Robert, in particular, has a prominent likeliness to his dad.

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Despite spending the majority of his life without his father around, Robert has gone on to, not only become the spitting image of Steve but also mirror his dad's charisma and passion for wildlife and nature.

We all remember the time that he appeared on the Jimmy Fallon Show...

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And 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 is now a wildlife photographer.

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The teenager runs an Instagram page that is dedicated to both his photography and his other wildlife adventures, on top of sharing his day-to-day life with his 1.6 million followers.

His passion for wildlife is evident.

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And his Instagram features an abundance of different photos and posts regarding both his photography and his wildlife conservation efforts.

And he regularly posts tributes to his late father.

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Robert recently recreated an old picture of his dad feeding a crocodile… With the same croc, fifteen years on. He captioned the post: “Dad and me feeding Murray… same place, same croc – two photos 15 years apart."

On Sunday, Robert turns sixteen.

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And like many teens, he's keen to get his driver's license.

Robert along with his mom, spoke about his upcoming driving lessons during an appearance on Australia's Today show.

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And they are planning on once again honoring Steve.

When Robert gets behind the wheel...

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He won't just be learning in any old car, but his father's famous pickup truck. Though it's more than just a "truck" to the family...

Steve would regularly drive the banged-up vehicle during his documentaries.

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And it even featured at his memorial at Australia zoo. At his funeral, an Australia Zoo employee loaded the late conservationist's belongings onto the truck before driving out of the crocodile arena.

Sister, Bindi, also used the truck during her driving exam...

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She passed her driving test back in 2016.

But mom, Terri, has issued a warning to her son about the vehicle...

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Terri urged her son to "enjoy" the thirty-year-old vehicle, which has a manual gearbox with no automatic steering.

"It's a beast to drive. So once you've mastered that, I think you can drive anything!" she joked.

Steve would have been so proud of his son's incredible accomplishments.

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It’s needless to say, Steve’s impact on both people’s lives and our planet was a huge one. And it is simply beautiful to see his work and his memory be continued and lived on through his wife and children. Driving isn't the only huge milestone for the Irwin children - Bindi Irwin is getting hitched and it's adorable who she's chosen to walk her down the aisle. Keep scrolling for the full story.