The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, indeed. People can’t help but notice the striking resemblance between 16-year-old Robert Irwin and his late father Steve Irwin. It has been 14 years since the famous ‘Crocodile Hunter’ passed away. Australia and the rest of world surely miss watching the fearless animal-lover’s adventures on TV. Apart from being a TV personality, Steve was also a co-owner of Australia Zoo which was founded by his parents. He was also an active environmentalist and conservationist.
Steve became involved with the zoo at an early age. He grew up around different kinds of animals and even took part in animal feeding and conducting maintenance activities on a daily basis. But among the diverse types of animals in the zoo, young Steve was particularly fond of reptiles. Under his father’s supervision, he began handling crocodiles at the age of nine. And his fascination with crocodiles and snakes only grew bigger as he grew up.
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We all have a soft spot for koalas. Steve and Terri opened the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in 2004 to treat sick, injured and orphaned animals. Since then we have treated over 90,000 animals, including an average of 800 koalas per year. Thanks to your generous support, we are able to continue Steve’s dream giving wildlife a second chance at life??
His name was later immortalized through his popular wildlife documentary series ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ which debuted in 1996. Sadly, Steve died on the 4th of September 2006 while filming a documentary series featuring the deadliest creatures of the sea. Accidentally, a stingray barb pierced him in the chest when he and the crew were swimming in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Steve passed away at the age of 44, leaving behind his wife and two children Bindi and Robert.
Steve Irwin with young Robert
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Today is one of the most wonderful days of the year, it’s #SteveIrwinDay ?? And it’s great to see so many of you honouring Dad’s remarkable life and legacy today. He changed the world and so many lives across the globe. For my family and me, we miss him every day, but are proud to keep his mission alive and days like today are particularly special..
Even today, his wife and two kids are still carrying on with his work. His wife Terri continues to own and operate Australia Zoo while his two kids are hosting their own wildlife documentary series. Robert, in particular, seems to be following the same footsteps of his late father. He currently hosts Robert’s Real Life Adventures and the Animal Planet series Crikey! It’s the Irwins together with his mother and sister.
Robert is now 16 years old and he’s becoming the spitting image of his late dad. Of course, the likeness did not escape the public’s eyes. People have been pointing out how he looks identical to his late father. Much to the amusement of his fans, Robert recently posted photos that were recreations of his dad’s iconic photos. There’s Steve’s famous pic with a koala, the one where he’s carrying a crocodile and the photo with a snake wrapped around his neck.
People are losing their minds with the striking similarity between Robert and his father