Almost nine years to the day after her father's tragic death, Bindi Irwin posted a heartwarming and inspiring tribute to Steve Irwin on her Instagram account. Taking to the social media site on Australian Father's Day, she shouted out to the 'gorgeous animals' at Australia Zoo, alongside sharing an image of her dad doing what he loved best: hanging out with the crocs.
"Thinking about home today. Father's Day is today in Australia and everyone is celebrating at Australia Zoo. It's such a special time of year, I hope everyone who comes to the zoo today is able to enjoy it with our gorgeous animals.
No matter where I am in the world, this day means such a lot to me. My heart forever lives @AustraliaZoo—just like Dad's always did."
Bindi was only 8 years old when her father was fatally stabbed in the chest by a stingray while shooting a nature documentary in 2006. Considered a national hero, the TV presenter's death was morned by fans throughout the nation and worldwide. Yet, she hasn't let this world-shattering moment cloud her perspective in later life.
Speaking to Sunday Style, Bindi commented that her Dad's passing has really made her appreciate the moments we have on this planet and makes each moment count:
"After losing Dad, there was the idea that none of us have forever. It really affects you. It makes you want to live each day as if it's your last."
The 17-year-old is the eldest of Steve and Terri Irwin's two children, and you can soon watch her compete on Dancing With The Stars when its 21st season airs on ABC on Sept. 14.
Her professional dance partner on the show has described Bindi as an infectiously positive character:
"She's a breath of fresh air. We all need a little Bindi in our life. Seriously."
Hopefully we'll be seeing a lot more of her!