Steve Irwin's Son Robert Gets Visibly Teary-Eyed Talking about How the Australia Wildfires Have Affected Animals

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Jan 10, 2020
07:30 A.M.
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Robert Irwin got teary-eyed while discussing the devastating impact of the horrific Australian wildfires on the wildlife in the country, especially on the vulnerable species.


The Australian wildfire rages on, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake. It has destroyed homes, trees, claimed lives, and most of the wildlife in the country.

Animals mostly endangered by the horrific fire are birds, possums, kangaroos, platypuses, and the not-so-fast, Koalas. Robert Irwin and his mother, Terri, appeared on the Australian show "Sunrise" to talk about the impact of the fire.

Conservationists/TV personalities Terri Irwin, Bindi Irwin and Robert Irwin attend Steve Irwin being honored posthumously with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 26, 2018| Photo: Getty Images



When the conversation moved to the Koalas, the 16-year-old teenager got teary-eyed as his mother, explained on the fate of the vulnerable species. She said,

"Being able to treat and help Koalas is few and far between because they are basically incinerated, which I think is absolutely heartbreaking."

The small-looking animals' basic instinct in the face of danger is to climb up a tree. But since the trees are oily, they ignite and burn the animals.

Robert Irwin talks to the media in the awards room during the 33rd Annual ARIA Awards 2019 | Photo: Getty Images



Terri continued as Robert nodded, that after the wildfire passes, Koalas should get classified as an endangered species. She also wants the kangaroos protected, as they serve as an inspiration to overseas visitors.

To her, Robert must play that role at her wedding as they've shared and been through a lot together

The Irwin family work at the Australian Zoo, and have a keen interest in protecting their country's wildlife. The family's involvement with animals began with their late patriarch, Steve Irwin. 



The wildfire has caused Terri, Robert, and his sister, Bindi, to miss the deceased. In an Instagram post, the teenager's sister wrote,

"Dad spent his life working so hard to protect wildlife and wild places, especially in Australia."

She added that she wished her dad was alive to give advice and strength as their country battle the wildfire. Bindi acknowledged that Steve's spirit lives on with her family's conservation work.

Robert Irwin and mother Terri Irwin pose in the awards room during the 33rd Annual ARIA Awards 2019 at The Star on November 27, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images



The late crocodile hunter also lives on through Robert, and the teenager will take his father's place when his sister gets married later this year. He will walk her down the aisle at her wedding.

The youngster told People in November that he is "Stoked" and honored. He thinks it would be a grand celebration and what Steve would have wanted.

Animal expert Robert Irwin with host Jimmy Fallon during an interview with on June 7, 2017| Photo: Getty images

Bindi feels exactly as her brother does. To her, Robert must play that role at her wedding as they've shared and been through a lot together.

The wedding preparations are ongoing. But in the meantime, the Irwins will keep fighting to save as many animals as they can, and hopefully, their efforts will pay off.