Robert Irwin, Steve Irwin's son, gets emotional after successfully breeding a unique turtle named in honor of the late TV icon

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Oct.17 - 2023 9:49 AM CET

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‘I think Dad would be pretty proud,’ Robert said of his late conservationist father

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Robert Irwin, the son of the famous late conservationist Steve Irwin has celebrated breeding a rare turtle that his own father discovered in 1990.

Stevem who most people remember as the charming Australian zookeeper and media personality who entertained and educated generations of children with his nature-based television programmes, most famously The Crocodile Hunter.

In 2006, he was fatally pierced with a stingray barb while filming under water on the Great Barrier Reef.

“This is one of the highlights of my entire life, one of the most special moments ever for Australia Zoo,” Robert began. “This is the very first Elseya irwini, Irwin’s turtle, ever hatched for any zoological facility anywhere in the world.”

After the clip shows images of Steve with the turtles, Robert is then seen releasing the baby turtle into the zoo’s pond.

“For the first time, we’ve got a little baby, and he’s gonna get his first swim in a brand new pond.”

As a caption to the video post on social media, Robert began his caption by stating that it was a “special moment”.

“I think Dad would be pretty proud that we’ve become the first to successfully breed the turtle that he discovered,” Robert wrote. “A rare, and unique species under threat in the wild has just been given a second chance.”

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