Twelve years have went by since Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin passed away. His daughter, Bindi Irwin, was just 8 years old at the time, and her father’s death continues to affect her to this day.
Bindi has now opened up about what it was like to lose her dadat such a young age.
“I remember people coming up to me and saying, ‘I’m sorry for your loss, sweetheart. Time heals all wounds.’ But that’s just not true,” Bindi said. “It’s like losing a part of your heart, and when you’ve lost that, you never get it back.”
“We really do try every day to make him proud and follow in his footsteps,” Bindi said.
Steve Irwin was one of the most beloved figures in nature television before he passed away in 2006.
He hunted enormous crocodiles with a smile and plenty of fearless charm while he educated many people about wildlife conservation.
Steve was filming a new documentary, Ocean’s Deadliest.
While on a diving trip off the coast of Australia, the 44-year-old was fatally attacked by a stingray. His death was a complete shock. The worst of all, Steve left behind his wife and two young children when he passed. He had a daughter, Bindi, 8, and a son, Robert, 2.
Bindi is now 20 years old and coming into her own passion for wildlife twelve years later. She has recently began a new wildlife TV show with their mom, Terri and brother Robert, 15.
They’ve also worked to expand the Australia Zoo, where they continue to live and work. In October, the Irwins returned to television without Steve for the first time with a new Animal Planet show, Crikey! It’s the Irwins.
They’ve also worked on expanding the Australia Zoo since Steve’s death.
“I sure hope dad would be proud,” Bindi explains. “We really do try every day to make him proud and follow in his footsteps. I hope that somewhere he’s out there going, ‘Yes! You did good!’”
The two children have lived at the Australia Zoo their entire lives.
“Our house is right in the middle — we have crocodiles on one side and tigers on the other,” Bindi explained.
The family wouldn’t have it any other way. “No matter where we go, or what we do, we’ll always come back here,” Robert added. “This is our passion. It’s a part of us and Australia Zoo will always be home.”
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