When Steve Irwin died back in 2006, his daughter Bindi was just 8-years-old. The world-renowned Crocodile Hunter tragically passed away at the age of 44 when he was fatally stung in the chest by a stingray, leaving behind a loving family and a conservationist legacy admired by millions of fans. Here is a clip of the great man doing his thing alongside one of the deadliest snakes on Earth:
Almost a decade on, and it seems that Bindi remains set on efforts to keep her father's memory alive.
On Tuesday, the 17-year-old took to her Instagram account to once again pay her heartfelt respects. Sharing the following image of the courageous naturalist tackling a croc with grandmother Lyn, Bindi reminded us just how much she missed them both on their shared birthdays:
The touching caption reads:
My grandmother and Dad. Both of whom I miss desperately. Knowing my grandmother for almost 2 years and my dad for 8, I am blessed to have these beautiful souls with me always. Happy birthday to you both. I love you.
Grandma Lyn was married to Steve's father, Bob, and tragically died in a deadly car accident in 2000 — at the time, Bindi was only 2 years old.
This hasn't been the first time that the young woman has spoken candidly about the difficulties of losing a loved one. Last year, while competing on Dancing With The Stars, a show she went on to win, she would often talk about her dad Steve and even dedicated one of her performances to him:
At the time, she also said:
"I hope he would be proud – I really, really do. Everything that I do in life is to make him proud and to make sure that everything he worked so hard for carries on."
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