Bob Ir­win in love

For­get the meerkats at Aus­tralia Zoo, Robert’s only got eyes for bud­ding pho­tog­ra­pher Tess

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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!

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