Nearly eight years ago, Steve Irwin, a.k.a. the "Crocodile Hunter," one of the world's most beloved wildlife experts, was killed in an accident involving a wild stingray he was working with. In case you’ve never seen him, Steve Irwin did for wildlife what Bill Nye did for science - he made it informative, accessible to all ages and, most importantly, he made it fun. Steve is survived by his wife and his daughter, Bindi. Now 16 years old and nearly finished with school, Bindi is picking up her father's torch and carrying on his legacy in the world of animal conservation.
She plans to join the Australia Zoo full time upon graduation, and, if her popular Instagram account is any indication, it's clear that her father had a huge impact on her life. She describes her late father as a "wildlife warrior" and recalls that "he gave me a piece of advice that has stuck with me forever. He said, 'You have to treat animals the way you wish to be treated.' Which is so true."
Bindi Irwin is the 16-year-old daughter of Steve Irwin, the "Crocodile Hunter."
She plans to work full time at the Australia Zoo after she graduates.
"With dad, he was the ultimate wildlife warrior and we admired him more than anything."
"I have spent my entire life living in a zoo, which is pretty crazy. Not many kids get to say that."
"It took me until I was about 3 years old to realize that we didn’t just come to the zoo every day, that we actually lived here."
"I remember he gave me a piece of advice that has stuck with me forever."
"If you treat animals how you want to be treated, you’re a lot better off."
Bindi was making appearances on her dad's shows when she was just 2 years old.
She even had her own wildlife documentary for children, called "Bindi the Jungle Girl."
"When [Irwin] was working with venomous snakes or cheetahs, he just treated them in a [certain] way."
"It was never trying to overpower them or anything like that."
"He was just loving them."
"And he was teaching other people about how beautiful they are."
"Telling people how to respect snakes and respect crocodiles and to love them."
"And I think if you go about it with that kind of attitude, it’s brilliant."
Bindi looks forward to continuing her father's legacy in the coming years.
Via: Bored Panda