Even after his death in 2006, Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin remains the most recognizable Animal Planet star and animal rights activist. His regular specials on Animal Planet engaged the imagination of viewers across all age groups, and his unfortunate death during the filming of a documentary saddened the hearts of countless admirers.
This Easter, cameramen captured Irwin’s son, Robert “Baby Bob” Irwin continuing his father’s legacy at a Queensland Zoo in Australia. The eight year old boy had his image captured while hand feeding a collection of American alligators to the delight of over 200 spectators; one of his fathers most famous activities.
This, of course, is not the first time Baby Bob has been filmed feeding the scary scaled animals. When he was just a toddler, his father brought him into a Croc cage to feed the animals. This sparked quite a bit of controversy about the ethics of bringing a child into such a dangerous environment.
But it seems that the child of the Crocodile Hunter doesn’t mind putting himself into dangerous animal kingdom situations. When he was just four years old, Baby Bob became a true member of the Irwin family after receiving his first snake bite; from a equally young baby boa constrictor. After he was bit, his mother reported his only alarm was a statement that “I hope it isn’t venomous,” proving that the young child was already excited to learn about the animals his father held so dear.
Being the son of such a famous animal activist, one can only hope Baby Bob will continue his father’s legacy of protecting animals rights across the world. So far, it seems like he is on the right track.Tags: alligator, Baby Bob, Crocodile Hunter, Robert Irwin, Steve Irwin