Happy 17th birthday, Robert Irwin!
To celebrate the special day, Robert shared a touching video that was put together by the Australia Zoo. The video features a montage of clips of himself mixed together with clips of his late father, Steve Irwin.
Robert posted the emotional video to Instagram with the caption, “Our lovely Australia Zoo crew made this beautiful video to celebrate my birthday, and it means the world to me.”
“I am beyond honoured to continue my dad’s legacy and I hope more than anything that he would be proud,” he continued. “I want to thank you for all of your lovely birthday messages and thanks to all who joined us for the celebrations at Australia Zoo today.”
Robert added: “Looking forward to seeing what this next year brings, in the last year of my childhood!”
Steve, who was famously known as The Crocodile Hunter, tragically passed during a diving expedition off the coast of Australia in 2006. At the time, Robert was just two years old and his sister, Bindi Irwin, was eight.
The video shows Steve speaking to a crowd and opening up about the experience of becoming a father. “At that very moment, I saw the light,” he explains. “When Bindi was born, I had the same sensation there with little Bob,” adding that fatherhood was the reason “why I was put here.”
The video also has a touching voiceover scene where Steve says, “When they’re ready to run up our mission, I will gladly step aside. Then and only then will I know that I achieved my ultimate goal. And my job will be done, and I guarantee you, it will be the proudest moment of my life.”
Check out the full video below:
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