Bindi Irwin has been the world’s sweetheart for her entire life. Now, at 20, she still manages to capture hearts around the world.
Little Bindi first captured the world’s attention when she was just a newborn. Her parents, Steve and Terrie Irwin, were internationally known animal lovers who stared on the hit television show, "The Crocodile Hunter." Every week, the work would watch Steve spend time with some of the deadliest animals in the world. His love and compassion for all animals made him one of the most likable people on television.
When little Bindi was born, she was as immediately adored as her father. It didn’t take too long before Steve and Terrie to began to bring Bindi along to see dangerous animals. Bindi, of course, developed a deep love for animals just as her father had.
When Bindi was four, her mom and dad had her brother, Robert. Together, they were a family living their lives to change the perception of animals in the wild. The Irwin Family was lovable and so special to the world.
In 2006, tragedy struck the family; the patriarch of the Irwin family, Steve, had been killed while swimming with stingrays. Steve’s death came as a shock to all, but none felt his loss more than his family, Terrie, Bindi, then 8, and Robert, then 4.
Despite the shocking loss of her father, Bindi managed to navigate the loss of her father with magnificent grace; Just days after her father’s death, she delivered a sentimental eulogy for her father in front of 5,000 guests and more than 300 million television viewers. She received a standing ovation.
Bindi appeared to get back into the swing of life rather quickly after losing her father; she made television and award show appearances and quickly rose to her own fame. However, the little girl who had just lost her father was still grieving the loss of her father deeply.
In a new series called, “Crikey, it’s the Irwins!” Terrie, Bindi, and Robert hop aboard their father’s former research vessel to release an endangered green sea turtle back into the water. During a clip, Bindi shared an emotional memory about how she’s managed to survive without her father.
Bindi, 20, shared, “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. It’s like losing a part of your heart, and when you’ve lost that, you never get it back.”
She added, “I sure hope dad would be proud,” Bindi says. “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!'”
Steven Irwin left a legacy that his children honor every single day. Today, Terrie, Bindi, and Robert spend their lives dedicated to animals- just as their father had. We don’t doubt for one second that he would be proud of his family. Please pray for Steve’s family and they would feel comforted by the way he so joyfully pursued joy in his life.