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Remembering Steve Irwin on His Birthday

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By Beca Dalimonte

Fourteen years ago Australian zookeeper, conservationist, and television personality Steve Irwin, known to many as "The Crocodile Hunter," died after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming for a documentary series in the Great Barrier Reef. Irwin was survived by his wife, Terri, and their two children, who carry on his legacy of conservation and animal rehabilitation.

This year his daughter, the now 21 year old Bindi Irwin, has celebrated her father with a post for what would have been his 58th birthday.

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"Dad, Today is your birthday. I had an extra strong cup of tea just how you liked it. I hugged Mum for you and told her how much we love her," Bindi wrote.

"Robert [her brother] and I went on a hike through the mountains you cherished. I watched one of your documentaries with Chandler and shared stories about you. I walked through your office in the zoo and smiled at our old family photographs. Today and every day I miss you and love you beyond description. You’re always with me."

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Terri Irwin, Bindi's mother and widow of Steve Irwin, also honored her late husband today through a series of photos on Twitter.

"Today would’ve been Steve’s 58th birthday," she wrote. "While my heart aches to miss him every day, I’m determined to celebrate what he loved the most. He was happiest spending time @AustraliaZoo w/ @BindiIrwin & @RobertIrwin. He was my best friend, best dad, & built the best Zoo. I love you.”

Terri now owns the Australia Zoo, an 1,000-acre zoo located in the Australian state of Queensland that was originally founded by Steve's father, Robert Irwin.

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Robert, Steve and Bindi Irwin's now 16 year old son, also honored his late father today with an Instagram post, captioning it "Family Always" with a heart.

Robert Irwin continued his father's legacy as co-host of the Discovery Kids TV Show Wild But True, a show that teaches kids about nature's amazing solutions for wild problems and how they can help to keep the world safe and fun for future generations.

He is also the co-creator of the prehistoric adventure novels titled Robert Irwin: Dinosaur Hunter which follow Robert as he travels back in time to see Australia as it was 95 million years ago.

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Terri, Bindi, and Robert currently star on the Animal Planet series Crikey! It's the Irwins! a reality television program chronicling the family's home life and how they care for the animals at the Australia Zoo. The series premiered on October 28, 2018 and was renewed for a second season that premiered in October of 2019.

In addition to today's birthday posts, Terri also recently celebrated her late husband in a post honoring what would have been the 28th anniversary of their engagement. "It was 28 years ago today that here at Australia Zoo, Steve asked me to marry him. Life is always changing. Love lasts forever...." she wrote.

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