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Australia Zoo releases never-before-seen footage of young Robert Irwin

As fans await the arrival of the newest Irwin, Australia’s favourite family has shared rare footage from 17-year-old Robert Irwin’s childhood.

In a video uploaded to Australia Zoo’s YouTube channel, a young Robert guides his friend Riley around the famous animal sanctuary.

The little larrikin is the spitting image of his late father Steve in the footage, as he picks up lambs, joeys, baby turtles and other reptiles.  

Just like his dad! As fans await the arrival of the newest Irwin, Australia’s favourite family has shared rare footage from 17-year-old Robert Irwin’s childhood

‘Now, these are kids and we’re gonna wrangle them,’ the little boy says to his friend.

Although he handles the lizard and baby lamb with ease, he struggles with an echidna and says: ‘Ah, it’s pretty tough… What do ya do?’

Robert wears Australia Zoo’s signature khaki uniform in the video. 

Cute: In a video uploaded to Australia Zoo's YouTube channel , a young Robert guides his friend Riley around the famous animal sanctuary

Cute: In a video uploaded to Australia Zoo’s YouTube channel , a young Robert guides his friend Riley around the famous animal sanctuary 

Runs in the family! The little larrikin is the spitting image of his late father Steve in the footage, as he picks up lambs, joeys, baby turtles and other reptiles

Runs in the family! The little larrikin is the spitting image of his late father Steve in the footage, as he picks up lambs, joeys, baby turtles and other reptiles

Crikey, what about the spikes! Although he handles the lizard and baby lamb with ease, he struggles with an echidna and says: 'Ah, it's pretty tough... What do ya do?'

Crikey, what about the spikes! Although he handles the lizard and baby lamb with ease, he struggles with an echidna and says: ‘Ah, it’s pretty tough… What do ya do?’

This footage was posted just a day after the Irwins made an exciting announcement on what would have been the late Crocodile Hunter’s 59th birthday. 

In a post on Instagram, Robert revealed that after years of appearing on TV, the family had now launched their own YouTube channel.

‘This has been a long time coming and we thought that today, on dad’s birthday, would be the perfect time to reveal this exciting new chapter,’ the award-winning nature photographer said. 

'This has been a long time coming': This footage was posted just a day after the Irwins made an exciting announcement on what would have been the late Crocodile Hunter's 59th birthday

‘This has been a long time coming’: This footage was posted just a day after the Irwins made an exciting announcement on what would have been the late Crocodile Hunter’s 59th birthday

‘From never-before-seen footage of our dad, to the most behind-the-scenes look into our family adventures ever, and also exclusive content showcasing our conservation work,’ he added.

The accompanying video showed Robert, his mother Terri, 56, pregnant sister Bindi, 22, and her husband Chandler, 24, all wearing matching khaki uniforms as they stood on the grounds of Australia Zoo. 

‘G’day guys! We’re incredibly proud to share the news that we’re officially launching our YouTube channel,’ Terri said, beaming with excitement.

Big news: In a post on Instagram, Robert revealed that after years of appearing on TV, the family had now launched their own YouTube channel

Big news: In a post on Instagram, Robert revealed that after years of appearing on TV, the family had now launched their own YouTube channel

Archives: The YouTube channel features never-before-seen footage of the late Steve Irwin

Archives: The YouTube channel features never-before-seen footage of the late Steve Irwin

Bindi added: ‘Sharing behind-the-scenes adventures, home movies and special crocodile hunter footage, we’ll take you with us on our conservation missions, introduce you to our wildlife family at Australia Zoo and showcase our wildlife warrior work.’

Wearing her khaki top open, Bindi revealed a glimpse of baby bump as she delivered the happy news.

She is due to give birth to her first child, a baby girl, in just a few weeks.  

Ready to pop! Wearing her khaki top open, pregnant Bindi (second from left) revealed a glimpse of baby bump as she delivered the happy news

Ready to pop! Wearing her khaki top open, pregnant Bindi (second from left) revealed a glimpse of baby bump as she delivered the happy news

Fans were quick to comment on how ‘cute’ and ‘beautiful’ she looked with her well-rounded tummy poking out of her uniform.

‘Bindi looks soo beautiful with her belly!’ one follower wrote, as another added: ‘Bindi looks so cute!’

Since launching their YouTube channel, the Irwins have uploaded 19 videos and have gained 293,000 subscribers.

Steve Irwin died in September 2006 at the age of 44 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming a documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland.

Coming soon: Bindi is due to give birth to a girl next month. Pictured in her child's nursery

Coming soon: Bindi is due to give birth to a girl next month. Pictured in her child’s nursery


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