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Robert Irwin is spitting image of his late father Steve as he partakes in crocodile research trip

Like father, like son: Robert Irwin is the spitting image of his late father Steve as he embarks on a crocodile research trip

Robert Irwin is following in the footsteps of his late father Steve.

The 17-year-old is not only the spitting image of his dad, but he is also taking on his role when it comes to wildlife conservation.

He shared a video to Instagram on Wednesday as he embarked on Australia Zoo’s annual crocodile research trip at the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.

Like father, like son: Robert Irwin was the spitting image of his late father Steve as he embarked on a crocodile research trip on Wednesday

In the video, Robert explained his goal was to catch and study crocodiles.

‘The more we can learn about them, the more we can do to protect them,’ he added.

His followers were quick to point out Robert’s resemblance to his father, with one writing: ‘If that doesn’t sound like Steve I don’t know what does…

‘Miss his enthusiasm for crocs. Great to see you carrying on his legacy, mate.’

Following in dad's footsteps: Robert shared a video to Instagram as he embarked on Australia Zoo's annual Crocodile research trip at the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve. Pictured: Steve Irwin

Following in dad’s footsteps: Robert shared a video to Instagram as he embarked on Australia Zoo’s annual Crocodile research trip at the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve. Pictured: Steve Irwin

‘I was a huge fan of your dad and I can see so much of him in you. Wish you would do a show like he had. I think you’d be amazing at it,’ another said.

‘You just like your father,’ a third commented. ‘Sounding like Steve,’ a fourth agreed.

Robert was just two years old when his father was killed by a stingray barb to the heart while filming a wildlife documentary on the Great Barrier Reef.

'We can protect them': In the video, Robert explained his goal was to catch and study crocodiles

‘We can protect them’: In the video, Robert explained his goal was to catch and study crocodiles

The Irwin family keeps Steve’s memory alive by continuing his conservation work.

‘We’re also very lucky because through all of dad’s amazing documentaries we basically have our life on TV,’ he told ET in October last year.

‘So all we have to do is put the DVD in the DVD player and rewind and press play and we can relive these amazing memories. So we are very, very lucky in that respect.’

Tragic: Robert was just two-years-old when his father tragically passed away after being struck in the heart by a stingray

Tragic: Robert was just two-years-old when his father tragically passed away after being struck in the heart by a stingray

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