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'A little too close': Robert Irwin's terrifying brush with gigantic croc

Sarah Carty
·Features & Style Editor
·2-min read

He spends his days making sure all the animals at Australia Zoo are looked after but fans were left rattled at how close Robert Irwin got to one of the crocodiles in his latest video.

The 17-year-old took to his Instagram account to share terrifying footage of himself feeding a crocodile at the zoo.

Robert Irwin feeding a crocodile at Australia Zoo
Robert Irwin has shared terrifying footage of his close encounter with a crocodile at Australia Zoo. Photo: Insatgram/Robert Irwin

“Bluey the croc putting on a big strike! There’s nothing quite like getting to experience the power of these modern-day dinosaurs, it’s such a privilege,” he said.

Fans were left shaken by the close encounter, with oner person writing: “Wow amazing, not gonna lie my heart skipped a beat there.”

“Yikes! Big strike! I jumped on your behalf,” another person said.

‘That was a little too close for me,” another wrote.

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Robert Irwin and a crocodile at Australia Zoo
Robert can be seen jumping back as the crocodile goes for the food. Photo: Insatgram/Robert Irwin

Others just couldn’t get over how much Robert bears a striking resemblance to his late father, Steve Irwin.

“So much like your father, Rob. Amazing to see you and Bindi grow like this and really live up to everything your dad started. He’d be so proud of you,” one person commented.

“No fear, just like your dad,” another said.

Robert was only two years old when his father tragically passed away in 2006. Steve was killed when a stingray barb pierced his heart while filming episodes of his television series, The Crocodile Hunter.

Along with his sister, Bindi and his mum, Terri, Robert has dedicated his young life to helping carry on the work that his father started, raising awareness for environmental and conservation causes.

Robert, from left, Terri and Bindi Irwin visit the 86th floor observation deck at the Empire State Building to promote their new Animal Planet television show "Crikey! It's The Irwins" on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in New York.
Robert, Terri and Bindi are carrying on Steve Irwin's legacy. Photo: AAP

2020 was a big year for Robert. He walked his sister down the aisle when she married Chandler Powell in March, continued shooting the family reality show, Crikey It’s the Irwins and is now gearing up to become an uncle for the first time.

He took to his Instagram to look back on the year, writing: “2020. What can I say. You’ve been weird... you’ve brought some of the most difficult challenges and devastating losses but also the most unforgettable milestones, incredible adventures and beautiful, life changing moments. I’m certainly never going to forget this year! 2021 - let’s do this!”

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