An emotional video has recently detailed exactly how the late Steve Irwin wanted his children to honor his legacy…
And, let’s just say, his surviving family has done an incredible job to do exactly that.
To mark his seventeenth birthday, his son, Robert, shared a video montage on Instagram that spotlighted some of his father’s brightest parenting moments from the past.
Keep scrolling to watch the touching video for yourself…
His handling of dangerous animals like saltwater crocodiles and venomous 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, also known as the Crocodile Hunter, 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.
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 the star 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, was left to raise their 2 children, Bindi and Robert, 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.
To this day, the trio continues 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 Bindi and Robert have followed in their dad’s footsteps, becoming eager wildlife conservationists themselves.
Bindi, who is now twenty-two-years-old, and Robert, who is seventeen, have kept Steve’s memory alive in the best possible way – through their love and passion for animals and wildlife conservation.
We all remember the time Robert appeared on the Jimmy Fallon Show…
I may or may not have cried while watching this episode.
It was so heartwarming to watch a then fourteen-year-old 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.
Last year, Robert shared these contrasting photos of he and his dad feeding the same crocodile fifteen years apart. He captioned the post:
“Dad and me feeding Murray… same place, same croc.”
And, as it turns out, they have done exactly what Steve would have wanted.
“Our lovely Australia Zoo crew made this beautiful video to celebrate my birthday, and it means the world to me,” he wrote on Instagram.
Safe to say, people are feeling very emotional.
And illustrates just how excited Steve was at the time to welcome his son into the world.
“We’re just stoked,” Steve was heard saying. “And at that moment, at that very moment, I saw the light.”
“This little bloke’s gonna have to catch the crocs with Bindi!” Steve said in the emotional voiceover.
“When they’re ready to run up our mission, I will gladly step aside. Then and only then will I know that I have achieved my ultimate goal. My job will be done, and I guarantee you it will be the proudest moment of my life.”
And that he “hopes more than anything that he would be proud.”
Steve would be so proud.
For more on the beloved Irwin family, keep scrolling to see the latest update on Bindi’s pregnancy…