Hon­or­ing Dad

Crikey! The Ir­wins take an­other bite out of na­ture TV

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Car­ry­ing on Dad’s legacy, 12 years later. That’s the goal for Steve Ir­win’s widow Terri and her chil­dren, Bindi and Robert, with Crikey! It’s the Ir­wins (An­i­mal Planet, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.), which doc­u­ments their life at the zoo and at home. The Aus­tralian con­ser­va­tion­ist and TV star, who died in 2006 from a stingray at­tack, “al­ways said, ‘I don’t care if any­one re­mem­bers me, as long as they re­mem­ber my mes­sage,’” Terri, 54, says. “The show will in­clude footage of Steve as well, and it’s cool to see him feed a crocodile, then Robert feed a crocodile.” A NICE REFRESHER Since Robert was only 2 when his dad passed away, the show has helped him re­mem­ber the past. “You watch an old doc­u­men­tary, and all th­ese mem­o­ries just start flood­ing back,” he tells Us, adding that they found a photo of a young Steve that he thought was him. “Hon­estly, I had to look at it for a while to ac­tu­ally see. It was kinda freaky. But when­ever peo­ple say, ‘You look just like your dad,’ that’s the biggest com­pli­ment I could ever re­ceive.”

LA­BOR OF LOVE “Dad will al­ways be my su­per­hero... and Mom is Won­der Woman,” says Bindi, 20, adding that the most im­por­tant thing in her life is that it’s filled with love — which she finds in her fam­ily and her re­la­tion­ship with 21-year-old Chan­dler Pow­ell: “He’s so very con­sis­tent, lovely and won­der­ful. He’s al­ways there for me.”

The Ir­wins say they try to “love ev­ery mo­ment” like Steve Ir­win did. “Steve was the Gandhi of wildlife,” his wife tells Us of the late star.

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