The entire world knows who the Irwin family is.
Steve Irwin was best known as the Crocodile Hunter and when he tragically passed away in 2006, the family was left heartbroken.
But nearly fourteen years on, the Irwins are working to fulfill Steve’s legacy and he is still very much loved and remembered.
His son, Robert, is rapidly reaching adulthood and he now looks the spitting image of his father.
Keep scrolling to check it out…
Steve Irwin was, and still is, Australia’s national treasure.
The Aussie was best known for his hit TV show, The Crocodile Hunter, and he was a strong advocate for conservation and animal rights.
The Crocodile Hunter was famous for Steve’s unconventional approach to wildlife…
And the series aired sixty-four episodes during 5 seasons, from 1997 – 2004.
And Steve would go to great lengths, both on and off-camera, to protect Australia’s wildlife.
And this is what made the entire world love him so much.
Steve was married to Terri, an American-born author and conservationist who now resides in Queensland, Australia.
Terri starred alongside Steve in The Crocodile Hunter…
And it was easy to see that the couple were made for each other.
Bindi Irwin was born in 1998 and Robert Irwin was born in 2003 – and it has to be said, they made the cutest family.
And they were already so passionate about his work at such young ages.
Steve was filming in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for the documentary series Ocean’s Deadliest on the 4th of September, 2006 when he was stung in the chest by a wild stingray barb during a snorkelling session.
And whilst Steve believed he had only suffered a punctured lung, the stingray’s barb had actually pierced his heart, causing the conservationist to quickly lose consciousness.
“…Even if we’d been able to get him into an emergency ward at that moment we probably wouldn’t have been able to save him, because the damage to his heart was massive. As we’re motoring back I’m screaming at one of the other crew in the boat to put their hand over the wound and we’re saying to him things like, ‘Think of your kids, Steve, hang on, hang on.’ He just sort of calmly looked up at me and said, ‘I’m dying.’ And that was the last thing he said,” one of the underwater cameramen tragically recalled.
And he was pronounced dead by paramedics after the boat crew had performed CPR on him for over an hour during the journey back.
And, of course, the family that he had left behind.
But over the years, Terri has raised her children to remember their father and they have all worked together to honor Steve’s legacy by continuing to care for animals at Australia Zoo.
And the family regularly speak about Steve and the beautiful memories they made with him.
Bindi is twenty-three and Robert is seventeen, and it is amazing to see the pair pursuing careers in conservation and zoology just like their father.
And he has made many appearances on American TV to promote Australia zoo and the work that he and his family do for wildlife.
He is a very busy seventeen-year-old…
And rather than spending his spare time going to parties and playing video games, Robert enjoys campaigning for conservation and animal rights, particularly for animals in Australia… just like his dad did.
Robert looks the spitting image of his father, as his most recent Instagram post proves.
“You have never looked more like your father than you do in this picture,” one user wrote, “And your smile radiates that.”
The resemblance is uncanny.
Rest in Peace, Steve.