THE son of crocodile hunter Steve Irwin has shared moving photos of he and his father feeding the same crocodile 15 years apart.
Robert Irwin, 15, has followed in the footsteps of his wildlife-loving dad, who died in 2006 after being stung by a stingray.
He tweeted out the snaps of them each feeding the giant animal during performances at Australia Zoo, captioning the post: “Dad and me feeding Murray… same place, same croc – two photos 15 years apart.”
Steve Irwin was a conservationist who gained international prominence starring in the ‘Crocodile Hunter’ television series from 1996.
He also owned and operated Australia Zoo, founded by Irwin’s parents in Brisbane in 1970.
Irwin died in 2006 after being pierced through the heart by a stingray barb while filming a new show, Ocean’s Deadliest.
Son Robert is himself now a wildlife presenter, and also stars with his mum Terri and sister Bindi in ‘Crikey! It’s the Irwins’, a documentary series following the family as they live and work at the zoo.
Dozens of images of him interacting with wildlife have previously been compared to ones of his father doing the same.
In 2017, he appeared on talk show The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon handling a snake, as his father had done on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
Bindi tweeted photos of both occasions and wrote: “Tears in my eyes.
“So proud of Robert tonight.
“Robert, you are more and more like Dad every day.
“I’m forever thankful to be your sister.”
He’s also a dead ringer for his dad, having previously tweeted a photo of the two of them around the same age and commenting: “When Mum first showed me this photo of Dad when he was my age I actually thought it was a photo of me.”
He added: ” Makes me think about what’s ahead in life, all the adventures yet to come & how fortunate I am [to] follow in Dad’s footsteps, carrying on his legacy.”
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Bindi also told INSIDER in 2018: “I really believe that dad is with us every single day, and I think that his spirit lives on in all that we do, and that’s something that I hold really close.
“Dad was extraordinary. He’ll always be my superhero.”
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