Sunday 22 October 2017

Son of Steve Irwin (8) ‘chip off the old block’ as he feeds crocodiles

Like father like son - Robert feeding crocs. Photo: Getty Images
Like father like son - Robert feeding crocs. Photo: Getty Images
Terri Irwin and her son Robert Irwin. Photo: Getty Images
Jane Last

Jane Last

HE is an eight-year-old boy skilfully feeding freshwater crocodiles – no prizes for guessing he’s an Irwin.

Robert Irwin, the son of crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, led a public feeding demonstration today at the family's Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast.

Terri Irwin, Robert's mum, says he's becoming more like his dad every day.

"I'm so proud of Robert. He's growing up to be a chip off the old block," she said.

The demonstration shows Robert is a step closer to feeding saltwater crocs, Ms Irwin said, something his father was renowned for.

It comes as a new show is set to air in Australia, which will be Robert's first time on television.

The show features the weird, wonderful and downright bizarre day-to-day zoo life, as well as the Irwin family visiting Australian wildlife sanctuaries.

"You'll see how Robert and [daughter] Bindi are continuing his legacy," Mrs Irwin said.

Steve Irwin died aged 44 in 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary film.

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