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.
And, of course, it highlighted Steve's ultimate wish for his family's future.
Now, it's been an awfully quiet fourteen years without Steve Irwin.
via: GettyHis 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.
His remarkable work has even been recognized by the greats...
via: GettyFellow 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.
via: GettySo 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.
The ray struck him several times.
via: GettyThough 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.
He left behind a wife and 2 children.
via: GettySteve'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."
But Terri decided to carry on his legacy.
via: GettyIt'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...
And his kids really are a chip off the old block.
Their likeness to their dad is simply uncanny.
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.
The resemblance was simply uncanny.
via: GettyRobert'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.
And who remembers this iconic moment?
So, as you can see, Robert and Bindi have done an impeccable job at keeping Steve's legacy alive...
As stated earlier, Robert shared a heartwarming video montage to mark his seventeenth birthday.
via: Instagram"Our lovely Australia Zoo crew made this beautiful video to celebrate my birthday, and it means the world to me," he wrote on Instagram.
Reactions to the touching video came pouring in...
via: InstagramSafe to say, people are feeling very emotional.
The touching video includes footage from when Robert was born...
via: InstagramAnd 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."
But the video also highlighted what it was exactly that Steve wanted for his children's futures.
via: Instagram"This little bloke's gonna have to catch the crocs with Bindi!" Steve said in the emotional voiceover.
He then noted that his children continuing his work is his "ultimate goal."
via: Instagram"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."
Captioning the video, Robert noted that he is "beyond honored" to continue Steve's work...
via: InstagramAnd that he "hopes more than anything that he would be proud."