ByMichelle Siouty, writer at

Bindi Irwin turns 17 years old on the 24th of this month. I'm not sure if anybody else is freaking out, but I cannot personally believe how much time has passed.

Do you remember when she was just a little girl, helping her father out while he taught us loads about crocodiles and other wildlife?

Like father, like daughter. Look how she bravely holds down the crocodile's tail during his procedure. She was, and is, such a strong champ.

Bindi may not be the little girl with her tiny explorer uniform and her cute bangs anymore. She is now 17, meaning she's one year away from being a legal adult. And holy crocodile, she sure has grown into one smart and beautiful young lady.

Below are 17 wonderful pictures from her Instagram to honor her and the work she continues to do with her family to help preserve and inform us about wildlife.

1. Wildlife Warrior Activism

We hope you feel better Robinson! With Bindi by your side, you're sure to get the proper healing you need.

2. Recruiting Animal Lovers

Where can I sign up?!

3. Sisterly and Brotherly Love

Blessed to have this one in my life. He makes me laugh every day.

A photo posted by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin) on

This warms my heart. It reminds me of how close my brother, sister, and I are.

4. A Throwback to Her Beloved Dad

I love you so much. And miss you every day.

A photo posted by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin) on

R.I.P. Steve! I know he's immensely proud of his not-so-little girl.

5. A Croc Girl in the Making

I remember playing with my own father's tools, hoping to one day learn how to fix appliances around the house. Our father's are our first superheroes.

6. Bindi's Love for Her Family

Because family means everything.

A photo posted by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin) on

Amen, sister!

7. Animal Compassion

Again, Bindi to the rescue!

8. The Croc-ing Continues

Some things never change. Watch her hold that croc down in true Steve fashion!

9. Fashion Forward

Photoshoot on Australia Day. #LostInThought #Flashback ✨

A photo posted by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin) on

Out of the khakis and into a stunning red dress! There's nothing wrong with getting fancied up every once in a while.

10. BFFs with Celebs...NBD

What?! Bindi knows Ruby Rose? I'm insanely jealous. Must be the Aussie connection.

11. Inspirational Quotes

This is for all those people trying to make a difference. I believe in you.

A photo posted by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin) on

Thanks for the reminder, Bindi. Sometimes we need that.

12. An Adventurous Spirit

This girl is a bit of a thrill seeker, much like her dad.

13. Shout Out to Rodents!

@AustraliaZoo Wildlife Hospital. I do believe that this is love. #WordsCannotDescribe

A photo posted by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin) on

I had to make note of this because I am one of the only people on this planet that loves rodents. So this little guy snuggling into her hand really just makes all of my fuzzy feels explode.

14. Soul Mates

The most beautiful soul mates the world has ever seen ..

A photo posted by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin) on

I personally enjoy looking at photos of my parents' wedding, too!

15. Award Shows

My @AustraliaZoo family at the Queensland Tourism Awards 2014 last night.. #OutOfKahki #WeScrubUpOkay

A photo posted by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin) on

Bindi cleans up very nicely! What a cute flower print dress.

16. Besties for Life

Making a hundred friends is not a miracle, the miracle is to make a single friend who will stand by your side.

A photo posted by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin) on

Nothing like a shout out to your best friend.

17. Hanging with Best Buddies

I love having game nights at my apartment with my friends. Always a good time.

It is wonderful to see Bindi grow into a conscientious and intelligent young woman! Did I also mention beautiful? How does she get her hair to look so soft? I need to get some beauty advice from this girl.

Deep down we know Bindi is a normal girl, as she enjoys time with her family and friends, posts inspirational quotes, and loves dressing up and so forth. But we also know she is a known figure with the ability to inspire and help change the world.

This 17-year-old is doing that and more. And I'd be lying if I said I wasn't feeling immensely inspired myself right now.

[Source: Instagram]


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