These Heart-Touching Images Show How Similar Robert Irwin Is To His Father Steve
Stephen Robert Irwin was one of the warmest and most heart-touching nature lovers to ever walk the planet. His love for animals and how he treated them like his equals and not like animals inspired a whole generation of animal lovers and conservationists.
On his show ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ that ran from 1996-2007, he showed the world how you can tame any animal with love and respect. Even today, 13 years after we lost a great hero, we still miss his presence but his son, Robert Clarence Irwin is looking to fill the great big void left behind by his great father.
1The legacy of a hero
Stephen Robert Irwin was born on the 22nd of February 1962, in Melbourne, Victoria. His father was a wildlife expert and interested in herpetology and his mother was a wildlife rehabilitator. Being raised by parents who loved animals, this is where Steve gained his undying love for animals. When his show ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ went on air it soon became successful with over 130 countries airing it.
2Like father like son
Like Steve being raised by parents who loved wildlife, even his son, Robert was raised by parents who loved wildlife and hence he took to loving them at a very young age. When talk show hosts wanted to show off animals on their show they would call the ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ but now in his absence, they call his son and this is just perfect.
3Loving animals is everything
Both father and son don’t treat animals the way normal people treat animals. They treat them like they would treat humans. With a bit of precaution and knowledge of what they like and dislike, both learned that with love and respect anyone can approach these wild animals and practically tame them.
4The passing of an icon
It was in 2006 when Steve was shooting on location at Batt Reef, near Port Douglas, Queensland for the show ‘Ocean’s Deadliest’ when he came face to face with a stingray. It was a short-tail stingray that suddenly started stabbing around wildly with its tail. One of them hit Steve in the chest and he believed it was a punctured lung, not knowing it had pierced his heart.
5Filling his shoes
Naturally, after Steve’s death, someone had to fill in the shoes left behind and it was his son, Robert who decided to do so. Robert was born on the 1st of December 2003 and is the second child of Steve Irwin and of Terri Irwin. He has a sister Bindi Irwin and from a young age had a connection with animals just like his father.