The Sweet Way Robert Irwin Paid Tribute to His Dad

“Crikey! That’s a big alligator.”

Robert Irwin recently showed us that just how similar he is to his famous father, Steve Irwin, in a sweet Instagram post. The younger Irwin and his sister Bindi have dedicated their lives to continuing their father’s legacy. And that means working with all kinds of animals, including the dangerous ones.

In his latest post, Irwin demonstrated his skills by getting up close and personal with an old pal of his father’s — Murray the alligator. 

Who was Steve Irwin?

Bob, Steve and Bindi Irwin
Bob, Steve and Bindi Irwin | MeganSlade/Newspix/Getty Images

In case you lived under a rock in the nineties, Steve Irwin was a famous animal handler who regularly appeared on TV to discuss animals most of us wouldn’t go anywhere near. His biggest show was called The Crocodile Hunter, which he co-hosted with his wife, Terri. It showed them traveling to wild locations, and handling crocodiles while teaching the public about the importance of conservation

Irwin always appeared upbeat and excited about his adventures, an attitude that made people from all over the world love him. His catchphrase, “Crikey!” was repeated by children from all over, as they fantasized about living a life exploring wildlife like Irwin. 

Unfortunately, in 2006, Irwin was pierced through the heart by a stingray barb while filming the documentary Ocean’s Deadliest. The film crew was unable to help him, and Irwin passed away from the incident at the age of 44. 

Who are Robert and Bindi Irwin?

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You’ll always be the best dad in the world ❤️

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Although Irwin’s children, Robert and Bindi, had made several television appearances when they were young, the world first really took notice of them when Robert appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

He surprised audiences, and inspired nostalgia, by looking, speaking, and acting in a manner that was almost identical to his late father. Irwin introduced the crowd to several wild animals, and has since been invited back many times. 

In addition to hosting several wildlife shows to keep his father’s legacy alive, Irwin will occasionally post sweet messages to his Instagram. Before the photograph posted recently, Irwin also posted a message to the late Irwin on Father’s Day.

It featured a photo of Irwin and his children as toddlers posing in a box. The caption read, “You’ll always be the best dad in the world.”

Bindi recently made headlines with news of her engagement to professional wakeboarder, Chandler Powell. The couple often works together at the zoo where Bindi spends most of her time. Powell seems to have been adopted into the family tradition of animal conservation, and he couldn’t be happier about it.

The group of Irwins that we have to look up to for all things wildlife seems to keep growing. Irwin would be really proud if he were here today. 

It’s too bad that the Irwin family lost their patriarch so early. He obviously made a huge impression on them, as well as the entire world. We will all miss Irwin, but we’re lucky to have his children that are eager to carry on his legacy and continue teaching us about the animal kingdom. 

Robert Irwin’s tribute to Steve Irwin

Recently, Irwin posted two side-by-side photos to Instagram. They were taken exactly 15 years apart, and show both the father and the son feeding an alligator named Murray.

Both Irwins are dressed in the typical tan zoo uniform, holding a large piece of meat out for the alligator to snack on. They’re even standing in the same pose, with both father and son stepping forward with their right foot. 

Irwin captioned the post, “Dad and me feeding Murray… same place, same croc- two photos 15 years apart.” He also included a heart and alligator emoji. 

The post is a sweet reminder of the Australian animal whisperer we lost 13 years ago. Since that time, his children have been doing everything they can to keep his legacy alive. That includes hosting TV shows, like their current project for Animal Planet, a series titled Crikey! It’s the Irwins, staring both kids and their mother, Terri Irwin.