Crikey, he’s missed! Wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin would have turned 57 on February 22, and his loved ones shared heartfelt tributes on social media celebrating his life and legacy. The Crocodile Hunter star sadly passed away nearly 13 years ago, but his memory lives on.
“Thank you for always being my guiding light,” Steve’s daughter, Bindi, wrote next to a throwback photo of the two, showing him holding a koala in one arm and her in the other. Robert later posted a sentimental message, gushing over his dad being today’s Google Doodle! “Thank you so much, @google for honouring dad with his own #GoogleDoodle all over the world. A perfect way to celebrate his birthday, sharing everything he did to make the world a better place,” he wrote.
Steve’s wife Terri Irwin also took to social media with a sweet post. “Many thanks to @Google for commemorating Steve’s life so beautifully on this special day,” she wrote via Twitter.
Steve’s children are just as passionate about wildlife as the late TV personality. The Irwin family’s Animal Planet series, Crikey! It’s The Irwins, follows Bindi, 20, Robert, 15, and mom Terri, 54, as they run the Australia Zoo and focus on protecting animals around the world. There’s no question that Steve would be so proud of his kids as they continue to make a positive impact.
Bindi has already hosted her own Discovery Kids series Bindi, the Jungle Girl. On top of that, Steve’s daughter also co-created a series of books called Bindi Wildlife Adventures. Meanwhile, Robert has also followed in his father’s footsteps by hosting his own wildlife series Wild But True, and fans live for the times he makes appearances on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show.
Steve starred in The Crocodile Hunter for a decade and he sadly died in September 2006, after a stingray pierced his heart with its barb. Despite his untimely passing, Steve accomplished so much.