Bindi describes her 10-month old baby as a 'risk taker' who's always reaching out to animals at the zoo.
There's no prouder feeling for the Irwins than watching their young ones take to animals.
Watching Bindi and Robert Irwin take after their father, Steve Irwin, renowned wildlife conservationist, was something people from all over the world loved. A chip off the old block, his two kids are just as involved as their Dad when it comes to fighting for animals. Now, the third generation of Irwins is starting to take a liking for animals. Ten-month-old Grace Warrior is developing a deep connection with animals, said mom Bindi Irwin and her mother Terri Irwin during an interview with Entertainment Tonight. Terri says the animals also like to be around her, a unique quality that Steve possessed. "She's got that determination that Steve had and that connection with wildlife," said Terri. "Because it is weird to see animals just gravitate to her."
"So she'll go out in the morning in the stroller, and all the kangaroos just gather around her like they're having a meeting," said Terri, 57. Bindi confirms what her mother says. She said, "Oh my word, the koalas ... literally climb out of their trees to come see her." Bindi said Grace often reaches out, trying to touch the koalas, but Bindi avoids any contact as of now as their nails can be a little too sharp for such close contact. Bindi says her daughter is a "risk-taker." Terri is reminded of her late husband, "That's Steve all over." Robert Irwin is always seen in adorable pictures with his niece. There are images where she's poking his face, and in one they can be seen reading a book together. "Love this lil lady 😊," Robert captioned the photo.
Steve, known as the Crocodile Hunter, died at age 44 in 2006 after being stung in the chest by a stingray barb while shooting a wildlife documentary. Steve Irwin died when Bindi was just eight years old. Bindi is now 23 and a zoo operator. She got a tattoo honoring her father and her daughter, reported E News. "The words I spoke to our daughter as I held her for the first time in my arms were, 'My graceful warrior.' That's how her name was born," wrote Bindi on Instagram. "This is my dad's handwriting to keep him with me, always. Our dear alligator, Daisy, is next to these words to represent our conservation work as Wildlife Warriors. And my beautiful wedding ring in bloom."
"Validation every day of the three most important things in my life: family, purpose, and unconditional love. Since Grace's breastfeeding journey ended, now felt like the perfect time for this empowering artwork," she wrote. Bindi's husband and Grace's father, Chandler Powell, commented on the photo: "Such gorgeous artwork. You amaze me every day. Each one is meaningful, marking this special time in our life together. Also, the Florida in me loves the alligator. Love you so much."
Bindi spoke about giving birth to Grace during the family's Discovery+ special, Crikey! It's a Baby. "It's hard knowing that she'll never get to actually meet him," she said of her father, "and it's devastating because I'll never get to watch their connection." Grace is Steve Irwin's first grandchild. She also revealed that Grace's full name paid tribute to both Bindi and Powell's relatives. "Grace is named after my great-grandmother, and relatives in Chandler's family dating back to the 1700s. Her middle names, Warrior Irwin, are a tribute to my dad and his legacy as the most incredible Wildlife Warrior," she said. "Her last name is Powell and she already has such a kind soul just like her dad." She also said that her dad was the first person to create the term 'Wildlife Warrior' and that's how she sees Grace. She added, "Being a Wildlife Warrior means to stand up and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. We've been referring to our daughter as our Baby Wildlife Warrior. I know in my heart that she will forge her own path to make our planet a better place."
Cover image source: Instagram/bindisueirwin