Bindi Irwin shares emotional message to late father on his birthday

Bindi Irwin shares emotional message to late father on his birthday

Bindi Irwin has shared an emotional message to her late father Steve on his birthday.

Steve, who was nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", tragically lost his life in 2006 when a stingray stabbed him through the heart on the Great Barrier Reef. Since then, his widow Terri and two children, Bindi and Robert, have worked tirelessly to preserve his legacy.

Bindi previously posted this emotional footage of her having fun with her dad as a baby: 

Last month, Steve's name hit the headlines when an image of him welcoming the animals that lost their lives in the Australian bushfires to Heaven went viral.

Paying tribute to her late father, Bindi wrote: "Dad, Today is your birthday. I had an extra-strong cup of tea just how you liked it. I hugged Mum for you and told her how much we love her.

"Robert and I went on a hike through the mountains you cherished. I watched one of your documentaries with Chandler and shared stories about you.

"I walked through your office in the zoo and smiled at our old family photographs. Today and every day I miss you and love you beyond description. You're always with me."

Steve's widow Terri also took to social media to remember her late husband on what would have been his 58th birthday. She wrote on Twitter that she was "determined to celebrate what he loved the most".

She said: "Today would've been Steve's 58th birthday. While my heart aches missing him every day, I'm determined to celebrate what he loved the most.

"He was happiest spending time @AustraliaZoo w/ @BindiIrwin & @RobertIrwin. He was my best friend, best dad, & built the best Zoo. I love you."

Steve's parents founded Australia Zoo, which he later ran with his family, and they continue to preserve his legacy there to this day.

The Irwins worked tirelessly to save lives during the bushfires, which claimed the lives of over a billion animals, per ABC, and Bindi took to Instagram to reveal that that zoo helped over 90,000 animals during the crisis.

There's no doubt that Steve would be incredibly proud of his family.