Bob Irwin in love
Forget the meerkats at Australia Zoo, Robert’s only got eyes for budding photographer Tess
He’s played the third wheel to his sister Bindi Irwin and her boyfriend Chandler Powell for the past three years. But it looks like Robert Irwin, 13, could be organising a double date any day now with the exciting news he’s fallen for fellow wildlife lover Tess Poyner.
It’s believed the pair met at the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year awards in Adelaide a few months ago and have stayed in touch since.
Zoo insiders reveal they’re well on their way to becoming an item. In September, smitten Robert invited Narooma High School student Tess to stay with him for a week at Australia Zoo, just like Bindi did with Chandler in the early days of their romance.
And proud Robert couldn’t wait to play tour guide as he introduced Tess to the place he values most in all the world – and his favourite animals, from green tree snakes to koalas, giraffes and water dragons.
“I had so much fun with the best photographer, herper and buggy driver on the planet! @robertirwinphotography Thankyou so much for such an amazing week,” Tess cooed on Instagram, finishing off her message with a heart emoji.
Lovestruck Robert was quick to return the compliment, saying, “Thank you so much for such an awesome adventure. I had a great time!”
Clearly enchanted by skilled photographer Tess, Robert posted another sweet couple shot of the pair and lavished her with compliments, adding Tess is “one of the best lizard catchers on the planet”.
Fans are excited about the blossoming relationship, too. “You two are very sweet! Love the wildlife photography of both of you!” commented one, while another added, “Cute couple!”
They’re not the only ones hoping Robert and Tess make things official. Bindi, 19, is said to be over the moon Bob’s taken the first step to finding his soulmate – a fellow wildlife lover, too – just like she has with Chandler. She couldn’t be happier for her little brother.
‘Thank you so much for such an awesome adventure!’
SEPT 26 Tess got to meet the binturongs, Jaya and Pip, who are 12 years old. SEPT 25 Bob said, “Helped this gorgeous goanna that was having trouble getting through a fence.” AUG 23 “It’s wonderful you were runner up with your amazing kangaroo photo!” said Robert. SEPT 26 “Photographing at the most magical place in Australia,” posted Tess.
SEPT 26 Tess and Robert could not have more in common! SEPT 26 Tess got in some koala cuddles, too!