Bindi Irwin Honors Her Dad in Sweet 18th Birthday Throwback Post

bindi irwinWhen "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin tragically lost his life in 2006, our hearts broke for the family he left behind, particularly his daughter Bindi Irwin (who was just 8 years old at the time). But there's no question that his legacy of generosity and joy lives on! As a recent Instagram post celebrating her 18th birthday proves, her father's spirit is alive and well in Bindi -- and she'll never let the world forget everything he did for animals and people alike.

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Bindi, a passionate animal rights activist, environmental conservationist, and Dancing with the Stars champion, kicked off her 18th year in style at the Australia Zoo (where else?!) surrounded by family; her boyfriend, Chandler Powell; and, of course, plenty of animals. Still, the one person missing from the party -- her dad, Steve -- was clearly on her mind, and she devoted her birthday Instagram post (and adorable throwback photo) to his memory:

Hello lovelies. Well today marks 18 years of life for me, here in Australia and I really don't know where to begin in thanking so many people for an unforgettable journey so far. So I think that I'll start here, with this photograph. This photo was taken within the first year of my life. To be perfectly honest life has changed in a million ways since this photograph was taken. Along the way we gained another incredible part of our family, my brother Robert. Our conservation work with Wildlife Warriors took off around the world. Our home, Australia Zoo continued to expand and has become the greatest zoological facility on planet earth. Our Dad, Mum's soulmate and a superhero for us all, passed away. However, since this photo was taken, 18 years ago, one life ingredient has remained, unchanged, unbreakable. That is the unconditional love that is shared between my beautiful little family and the loyalty we have to eachother and everyone else who has taken this journey with us. I don't think that when this photo was taken even my beautiful parents could have known what life would evolve. I know that I am endlessly grateful for the love and light I have been given since Day 1 of my life.

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So incredibly sweet!! I can't even imagine how proud her mother, Terri, must be, and of course, how proud Steve would be today. For parents, the thought of something happening to take us away from our kids is one of the most terrifying things to contemplate: How would they fare in the world without us? Would they remember how much we loved them? But Bindi is living proof that an early foundation in love and loyalty is something kids carry with them forever, that the bond between parent and child can never be broken.

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When you consider everything Bindi has been through and the fact that she's just 18 years old, her commitment, focus, and positivity are nothing short of astonishing. Steve Irwin was fearless, selfless, and full of life -- qualities his daughter has clearly inherited in spades. Happy birthday, Bindi!

 

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