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Even 14 Years After His Death, Steve Irwin's Daughter Keeps Him Alive: 'You’re Always With Me'

Even 14 Years After His Death, Steve Irwin's Daughter Keeps Him Alive: 'You’re Always With Me'

On March 24th, she shared a picture of her with Steve and captioned it: "Thank you for being my guiding light. You’re always with me."

Image Source: Instagram/Bindi Sue Irwin

There are fewer people in the world who don't know the Irwins and their combined efforts to save and rescue animals of all kinds and sizes. It started with Steve Irwin and his love for animals. The renowned 'crocodile hunter' had his way with animals, but there was one thing that overtook his love for them: his love for his family! Steve met Terri Irwin at the Australia Zoo, according to MSN. On June 4, 1992, she married Steve and began a life of adventure, adds Australia Zoo. Steve had Terri by his side and that was enough for him. He never thought he would love someone more than he loved his wife, but all that changed the minute Bindi Sue Irwin was born.



 

On 24 July 1998 Steve and Terri were blessed with Bindi, their first child. She was named after her father's favorite crocodile "Bindi". Her middle name also has a story: Steve Irwin's dog was called Sue. When Bindi was just three-years-old, back in 2002, she knew she wanted to be just like her dad, reports ET Online. "I'm going to be just like my daddy," a then 3-year-old Bindi gushed to ET on the way to the premiere of her father's movie, The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course. During the premiere, Bindi and Steve's unbreakable bond was on full display. "You're a little beauty," Steve lovingly told his daughter. "Do you mind if we keep you?"


 
 
 
 
 
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Months later, he gushed about his beautiful daughter. "We called her Bindi after the feistiest female crocodile that I've got at my zoo, and she's like Mowgli -- she's one with the animals," Steve said. "I was very lucky in my childhood in that my dad and my mom nurtured my instincts with wildlife and I grew up to be the wildlife warrior that I am, and so I reckon Bindi is going to follow in my footsteps." On December 1, 2003, Terri and Steve welcomed another child, their son Robert Clarence, whom they named after Steve's father. He is now a mirror image of his late father. Steve loved both his children unconditionally, but the bond that he shared with his daughter was unlike any other.



 

Unfortunately, the father-daughter duo did not get to spend a lot of time together due to Steve Irwin's untimely death. On September 4, 2006, the world heartbreakingly lost Steve in an accident while he was snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. While filming for a show,  Steve snorkeled into the shallows, capturing the rear view of a short tail stingray. It raised its barbed tail and struck Steve. While the world lost a great man, Bindi lost her hero, her inspiration. She takes to her social media regularly to share old pictures of her with her dad. On March 24th, she shared a picture of her with Steve and captioned it: Thank you for being my guiding light. You’re always with me.



 

A day later, Bindi got married. While her father wasn't there, she made sure to honor him, adds PEOPLE.  “Where we got married was such a special place to dad,” Bindi said. “It’s a beautiful little area where he had filmed for many years. It felt really wonderful and just meant to be.” They did everything they could to make sure he was among them on Bindi's special day. “We had dad’s picture with his dog Sui blown up on an easel,” says Bindi. “So mom and Robert were standing right next to dad as we exchanged vows. We had a candle-lighting ceremony for him, and it really felt like he was there with us. It was a lovely moment of peace and happiness.”


 
 
 
 
 
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Bindi and Chandler Powell initially planned a small wedding with 200 guests, but owing to the current situation, they married in an intimate ceremony in the garden at the zoo. The wedding had just three guests: Terri, Robert, and Bindi’s late father’s best friend, Wes Mannion. Another extra special touch to represent Steve during the wedding was Bindi’s bouquet, tied with a khaki ribbon. “Most brides have something blue; I had my khaki,” Bindi says. She also revealed that her wedding gown was a tribute to her mom, but even in that, she was reminded of her dad, reports People. Though Bind's wedding didn't really go the way they'd planned it, they have no regrets. “Even if it wasn’t by-the-book perfect, it was our perfect,” Bindi concluded.



 

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