The son of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steven Irwin, Robert Irwin, just an encounter where the crocodile was hunting him!
The 18-year-old Irwin was almost attacked by a 12-foot crocodile while filming the season finale of his show “Crikey! It’s the Irwins” at the Australia Zoo.
Robert Irwin Recalls Harrowing Encounter: ‘We Had No Choice But To Bail’
Casper sure is a stunning crocodile! Due to a condition called hypomelanism, he’s white in colouration meaning he would’ve been predated on at a young age in the wild. Thanks to Steve & Terri, he’s living a long & happy life with his girlfriend, Wendy, here at #AustraliaZoo 🐊 pic.twitter.com/TO5FhS7wkE
— Australia Zoo (@AustraliaZoo) May 21, 2021
Irwin shared the 3-minute clip of the up close and personal encounter with the gigantic crocodile on Instagram.
The off-white saltwater crocodile named Casper almost tried to take a bite out of Irwin, who was trying to see if the 12-foot creature was comfortable in a new habitat. When Irwin tried to give Casper some food, Casper started chasing him and snapping his jaws.
‘Crikey! It’s the Irwins’ starts really soon at 8pm ET in the USA & what better way to kick off an action packed season!! I had the honour of leading the biggest alligator move we’ve ever done at Australia Zoo! Don’t miss it on @AnimalPlanet and streaming @discoveryplus 🐊 pic.twitter.com/jzXidcdiTb
— Robert Irwin (@RobertIrwin) January 2, 2022
Irwin yelled “Bail, bail, bail,” to the rest of the cast and crew as he quickly tried to escape the clutches of the enormous crocodile. Casper measures about 12.1 feet in language and weighs 775 pounds (350 kilograms).
For what it’s worth, the Australia Zoo thinks Casper is “stunning.” In a tweet, they said, “Casper sure is a stunning crocodile!”
“Due to a condition called hypomelanism, he’s white in colouration meaning he would’ve been predated on at a young age in the wild,” they explained. “Thanks to Steve & Terri, he’s living a long & happy life with his girlfriend, Wendy, here at #AustraliaZoo.”
Check out the video of Irwin’s harrowing encounter below!
Robert Irwin Wants To ‘Educate Everyone About Their Conservation’
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Robert Irwin shared the video in the hopes to educate his followers about the predatory instincts of crocodiles.
“The finale of ‘Crikey! It’s the Irwins’ is on now, 8pm in the USA so go check it out!” he wrote in the caption of the video.
“We’ve definitely saved the best for last, including one of the most intense croc feeds I’ve done!” he continued. “We prioritise natural behaviour with our crocs. By getting in their enclosures with them, and letting them put on those huge strikes from the water’s edge, they get to use all of their predatory instincts and they just love it!”
“Plus we can educate everyone about their conservation,” he added. “But safety for us is also crucial and you definitely have to know when to call it. And with such a powerful and quick croc like Casper we had no choice but to bail!”
Fans React To Crocodile Close Call: ‘Great Work, Robert!”
— Robert Irwin (@RobertIrwin) February 6, 2022
Many fans took to the comments section to praise Irwin’s quick thinking!
“Great work, Robert!” commented the Wildlife Warriors organization.
“Bail, bail, bail,” one fan commented next to a laughing-emoji.
“This season had joy/sadness,” another shared. “I love this show. Hopefully, next season will have more joy. I cried a lot.”
“I felt that ‘bail bail bail,” another wrote. “Casper is so beautiful though.”
Dad and me feeding Murray… same place, same croc – two photos 15 years apart ❤️🐊 pic.twitter.com/9Ybp5AnTOI
— Robert Irwin (@RobertIrwin) July 3, 2019
“Love watching your show,” said another. “Your whole family is amazing.”
“Such an awesome show,” another added. “Hope there will be more.”
Casper “doesn’t seem interested in your dead food. He’s looking to order FRESH meat,” another joked.
“Glad you and your team are safe, and you knew when to bail,” another commented. “Better safe than sorry!”
Check Out Some More Sweet Snaps Of Robert Irwin With Wildlife!
The legend himself – DJ the rhino just soaking up some sun ☀️ pic.twitter.com/N66qQEwYEn
— Robert Irwin (@RobertIrwin) February 1, 2022
An up-close look at a baby carpet python in a very grumpy mood! Had so much fun photographing this hilarious little character! pic.twitter.com/3xnJW7ez3e
— Robert Irwin (@RobertIrwin) January 31, 2022
— Terri Irwin (@TerriIrwin) January 29, 2022
‘Emily The Curlew Anger Management Series’ – part 2. Sorry for her offensive language, I hope none of you speak curlew! 😂 pic.twitter.com/LR2u9pD2TC
— Robert Irwin (@RobertIrwin) January 31, 2022