Steve Irwin is remembered for his unparalleled joy and zeal when it came to wildlife conservation, but many probably don’t know about his intense passion for his role as a father.
Bindi Irwin, Steve’s now 20-year-old daughter, recently tweeted a video of her dad gushing about fatherhood and it’s hard not to get choked up ourselves. She wrote:
“Every time I watch this clip my heart overflows with emotion. The people we love are always with us. Love lives on no matter what & I think that is the most beautiful thing about our existence. Thank you, Dad, this moment captured on camera made my whole life.”
Every time I watch this clip my heart overflows with emotion. The people we love are always with us. Love lives on no matter what & I think that is the most beautiful thing about our existence🙏🏼Thank you, Dad, this moment captured on camera made my whole life.
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— Bindi Irwin (@BindiIrwin) March 28, 2019
“I never wanted to be a dad,” the Crocodile Hunter said in a 2003 interview. “I couldn’t really give a rip. And now I am the proudest father, I gotta tell ya.”
As most dads will understand, fathering your own children and watching them grow up into amazing human beings is a magical experience that can be hard to describe. Being able to give and receive such a pure form of love almost seems unfair at times.
“Who would have thought someone as ugly as me could bring into the world something so beautiful, such a treasure?”
Some might remember Bindi getting her own screentime on The Crocodile Hunter as Steve was never shy about sharing the wonders of nature with his kids, and that love for wildlife continues to hold true in their lives to this day.
In February 2018, Bindi posted another video of her dad on Twitter, in which he describes how his role as a conservationist totally pales in comparison to being a father.
My first time watching this footage was only a few days ago. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to describe the amount of emotion in my heart once the video ended. My dad. My superhero. I promise to do my best to make you proud and ensure your legacy lives on forever.@AnimalPlanet pic.twitter.com/PWRiXvUrGx
— Bindi Irwin (@BindiIrwin) February 4, 2018
Steve, who passed in 2006 after being pierced in the heart by a stingray, was a role model to many in the wildlife community, but he was clearly so much more than that to his kids.
As Bindi put it, “My dad. My superhero. I promise to do my best to make you proud and ensure your legacy lives on forever.”