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Robert Irwin was only two years old when his father, TV personality and conservationist Steve Irwin, passed away. Known as “The Crocodile Hunter,” Steve touched millions of lives and instilled a love for animals in many people’s hearts.
Both of Steve’s children, Bindi and Robert, grew up to love animals just as much as their father and mother, Terri. Now, like their dad, the two young Irwins have a TV show of their own called Crikey! It’s the Irwins.
The series focuses on Bindi, Robert, Terri, and Bindi’s fiancé, Chandler, as they care for the animals at the Australia Zoo. Viewers also follow the Irwins as they travel around the world and admire the animals they encounter on their journeys.
It’s hard to believe it, but Bindi is now 21 and Robert turned 16 in December. Just like in the U.S., a person who turns 16 in Australia is able to get their driver’s license (in most parts of the country, at least).
So Robert is now learning how to drive, and he’s learning in a car that once belonged to his dad!
Robert posted a couple photos of the car on his Instagram. The first shows him leaning against the vehicle with a huge smile on his face, while the second shows him behind the wheel in his Australia Zoo attire.
The young TV star and photographer called Steve’s car a “Ute,” which is a term used in Australia and New Zealand to describe a vehicle with a “tonneau,” also called a truck bed.
“Here we go!” Robert wrote next to the two photos he shared of his dad’s old car. “I’m so excited to finally start driving… and happy to be learning in the best car – Dad’s old Ute!!”
You can see Robert with Steve’s Ute in the slideshow of photos below.
We still can’t wrap our heads around the fact that Robert is now old enough to drive! We’re sure Steve would be so proud of him.
You can learn more about Robert and his love for animals by tuning in to the video below.
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