The Irwin family has been bringing lots of people joy during the COVID-19 pandemic, in a time when joy has been hard to come by. Between Bindi’s adorable pregnancy announcement, her wedding, and Robert’s tributes to his late father, “The Crocodile Hunter,” Steve Irwin, the family has definitely been uplifting folks around the world through social media. And now, Robert Irwin has just celebrated his 17th birthday in the best way possible: by sharing another video tribute to his dad. It’s bound to inspire a few bittersweet tears.
Robert marked the celebration with a delightful Instagram post, which he captioned, “Our lovely Australia Zoo crew made this beautiful video to celebrate my birthday, and it means the world to me..” He added, “I am beyond honored to continue my dad’s legacy and I hope more than anything that he would be proud.” And if the video is any indication, we’re sure that his dad would be.
The video focuses on tender moments of Steve, who tragically died when Robert was two years old. The video appears to begin at the moment that Steve and his wife Terri brought newborn Robert home from the hospital. Describing when Robert, or “little Bob” was born, Steve says, “At that very moment, I saw the light…when Bindi was born I had the same sensation.” Home video footage plays, showing heartfelt family scenes between Robert and his dad, plus a few clips that show Robert’s love of wildlife even from a very young age. The video is a time capsule of sorts, showing Robert carrying on his dad’s legacy, saving turtles, crocs, birds, and generally offering up laughter and levity on the internet.
A truly heartfelt moment comes when Steve is discussing his career and life’s purpose, his voice breaking when he says, “This is why I was put here because I could be dead tomorrow, so I need these blokes to come up as quick as they can, so this little bloke is going to have to catch the crocs with Bindi. When they’re ready to run up our mission, I will gladly step aside.” Steve added, “Then, and only then, will I know that I have achieved my ultimate goal. And my job will be done and I guarantee you it will be the proudest moment of my life.”
A very happy birthday to Robert! It’s clear that his dad would have been very proud of him and the whole Irwin family.
Check out the video below.