Always in her heart, forever in our minds - Steve Irwin would have turned 59 on February 22, but tragically, his life was taken too soon.
For his daughter Bindi, Steve is always with her, and that much was clear when she shared a gorgeous tribute on her dad's birthday this week.
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Sharing a black and white throwback image from Bindi's early years, she is seen in her grandmothers arms while Steve smiles down at her.
"My dad and grandmother share a birthday. I'm thankful for every moment we got together. Their love will live in my heart forever," Bindi captioned the snap.
Within an hour, the post was met with more than 50,000 likes, and it's not hard to see why.
Bindi for one looks absolutely adorable in the new picture - perhaps a timely indication of what to expect when her own baby girl arrives this year.
The bond between the three family members is also clear - the Irwins have long been a stalwart image of family wholesomeness in Australia.
Speaking to The Weekly in 2019, Steve's widow Terri Irwin told us that the tragedy drew the family together and made the bonds between them even stronger.
That strength, she says, carried them through many years of grief and laid the foundation for a family tie that is extremely close.
"We are a family who works together, lives together and holidays together – we spend almost every moment in each other's company, whether it's at Australia Zoo or on one of our conservation properties here in Australia or making a documentary somewhere in Africa, so it's vitally important that we have great relationships – and we do," Terri said at the time.
Now, as Bindi prepares to welcome her first child, a baby girl, the team of wildlife warriors will expand.
Speaking to parenting publication The Bump recently, Bindi spoke of her daughter growing up in Steve's shadow.
"My dad was the first person to create the term 'Wildlife Warrior'. 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," she told them.
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