Can somebody pass the tissues? It may not be Steve Irwin‘s birthday or the anniversary of his death, but the beloved Crocodile Hunter star’s son, Robert Irwin, was feeling sentimental. The sweet 15-year-old took to Instagram on Wednesday, July 3, to share side-by-side pics of him following in his father’s incredible footsteps.
“Dad and me feeding Murray,” Robert wrote in the caption of his heartwarming post. “Same place, same croc — two photos 15 years apart.” In the pics that he shared, Robert can be seen recreating the same pose as his late father while they both fed the exact same crocodile.
The moving photos garnered much emotion from fans of the iconic zookeeper. The comment section of Robert’s post quickly filled with messages of encouragement and love. “This is so pure, I wish he could see you be so amazing,” one fan gushed. “Words cannot describe how much I love this post. I loved watching your dad when I was a kid and I know he would be so proud of the man you are becoming,” wrote another.
In September 2006, the world was forever changed when Steve tragically passed away at the young age of 44. The Australia native — who is the dad of Robert and his older sister, Bindi Irwin, with his wife, Terri Irwin — was killed in a shocking turn of events after being stabbed in the heart by a massive stingray.
Although Robert and Bindi, 20, miss their dad more than ever, they are honoring his memory by going above and beyond to ensure his legacy lives on. “I sure hope dad would be proud,” Bindi admitted to People in December 2018. “We really do try every day to make him proud and follow in his footsteps. I hope that somewhere he’s out there going, ‘Yes! You did good!’”
Robert couldn’t agree more. “No matter where we go, or what we do, we’ll always come back here,” he gushed of his Australian upbringing. “This is our passion. It’s a part of us and Australia Zoo will always be home.”
We can’t wait to watch Robert grow up more and more like his dad.