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Bindi Irwin's heartbreaking tribute to late dad Steve Irwin in wake of the bushfires: "I wish he was here"

''I hope together we can make him proud.''

By Alex Lilly
With over 500 million Australian animals impacted by the ongoing bushfires, the nation's wildlife conservationists have been working overtime to protect them.
As Australia's first family of wildlife conservation, the Irwins have been busier than ever but Bindi Irwin's latest post has pulled at heartstrings when she lamented and wished her late father Steve Irwin were here to help.
On Wednesday, 21-year-old Bindi shared a photo of her late dad smiling at the camera and cradling a wallaby, but it was her caption that broke hearts around the world.
"Dad spent his life working so hard to protect wildlife and wild places, especially in Australia. I wish he was here right now to give advice and strength during this time of devastation with the bushfires," she penned.
However, the young conservationist focused on the positive side as well and acknowledged her dad's lasting legacy.
"I know that his spirit lives on through our conservation work and I hope together we can make him proud."
"I wish he was here right now to give advice and strength during this time of devastation with the bushfires." (Image: Instagram @bindisueirwin)
Fans lent Bindi their support and assured her that Steve would be immeasurably proud of everything she's done.
"What a beautiful photo," the Kangaroo Sanctuary commented. "Your dad did amazing work. And you all do amazing work too. He'd be proud as you were proud of him."
"I don't think I've ever seen a family carry out their father's legacy he way you all have," another fan remarked. "That man was a hero of mine, and it brings me to tears to see you all reflect him so much. Your father is SO proud of you and lives on through you, your brother, and everyone else in the world that he was able to touch and inspire. Y'all are doing AMAZING things. Love from the state of Virginia."
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Bindi has shared numerous snaps from the Australia Zoo wildlife hospital, updating fans on the wildlife that are being treated there that estimates over 90,000.
Whilst there are no fires near the zoo as of yet, Bindi revealed in a previous Instagram post that the hospital is "busier than ever" and that she and her family are not only continuing Steve's legacy, but also that of his mother Lyn who along with her husband Bob established Australia Zoo in 1970.
"My parents dedicated our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to my beautiful grandmother. We will continue to honour her by being Wildlife Warriors and saving as many lives as we can," Bindi wrote.
Bindi and the Irwins are continuing the legacies of Steve and his own mum, Lyn. (Image: Instagram @bindisueirwin)
One of the country's leading animal rescue organisations WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service) has revealed how everyday Aussies can help animals in need.
"There are simple things that everyone can do," volunteer Kristie Newton told the Australian Women's Weekly. "Like putting out water in your yard. That is literally lifesaving for some of these animals."
"Even if you're not in a fire zone, we're coming into summer – very, very hot days – and animals need water. So if people can just put out bowls of water in a shaded place and put a rock or a stick in it so little animals can get out of it safely, that can makes a world of difference. And if you see animals that you think might be suffering, just give us a call."

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