The son of late crocodile-hunter Steve Irwin has posted poignant side-by-side photos of himself and his father fifteen years apart.
The two separate photos show father and son, at the same place, in the same stance, feeding the same crocodile name Murray.
Dad and me feeding Murray... same place, same croc - two photos 15 years apart ❤️🐊 pic.twitter.com/9Ybp5AnTOI
— Robert Irwin (@RobertIrwin) July 3, 2019
The caption reads: “Dad and me feeding Murray... same place, same croc - two photos 15 years apart.”
Terri Irwin, mother to Robert and wife to Steve, quoted the tweet, saying: “Steve’s mission is in good hands.”
Fans responded to the tear-jerking pictures plenty of love and support. One follower said: “I remember watching Steve catch Murray, and move him into that display, I'm in my feelings right now.”
While another said: “This makes my Australian heart sing Waltzing Matilda. Is anyone else a happy little vegemite at this iconic recreation?”
Irwin died tragically aged 44 in 2006 after his heart was pierced by a stingray’s barb while snorkeling in shallow waters in Queensland, Australia. He was known for his strong Aussie accent and daring exploits with dangerous creatures such as deadly snakes and huge crocodiles.
And it would appear his fifteen-year-old son Robert, who was just two when his father died, is just as handy with the crocodiles as his father.
Speaking to People recently, Robert’s sister Bindi said of her father's death: "It’s like losing a part of your heart - when you’ve lost that, you never get it back.
"I remember people coming up to me and saying, 'I'm sorry for your loss, sweetheart. Time heals all wounds.’ But that’s just not true,"
She also hoped her father ‘would be proud’ of their efforts to continue his legacy.
Talking of following their father’s footsteps, Robert added: "This is our passion. It’s a part of us."
Robert, Bindi and Terri are currently starring in Crikey! It's the Irwins, an American reality TV show which follows the family as they live and work at the Australia Zoo, capturing the family caring for the zoo's animals and their home life.