Things You Didn’t Know About The Irwin Family

  
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Steve Irwin otherwise known as The Crocodile Hunter was one of the most popular celebrities of his time. He was charismatic, caring, down-to-earth and endlessly interesting, and while his untimely death shocked and saddened millions, his family has carried on his legacy. His wife Terri, along with their two children Bindi and Robert, have become just as inspiring and proactive when it comes to conservation and educating others on nature and wildlife . It is really hard not to like the entire Irwin family, and as Robert and Bindi get older and help expand their dad’s legacy, here are 12 things you didn’t know about the impressive family:

12. Terri’s Background

Terri Raines was born in Oregon where her parents instilled in her a love for animals and their well-being at a very young age. By her early 20’s Terri was helping to run her family’s construction business while also working at a nearby emergency veterinary hospital and operating a wildlife rehabilitation program called Cougar Country. It isn’t surprising to see why Terri and Steve bonded so quickly once they met — their love for animals grew into their love for each other!

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11. Whirlwind Love Story

Both Terri and Steve Irwin described their romance as “love at first sight,” and even though he was living in Australia and she was in Oregon it didn’t stop their love from blossoming. The pair first met in 1991 when Terri visited the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park in Australia which Steve helped run with his parents, and she was immediately interested in him. “I thought there was no one like this anywhere in the world. He sounded like an environmental Tarzan, a larger-than-life superhero guy,” she said of her first impression of Steve. Through a long distance romance, only four months later the duo became engaged and on June 4, 1992, only six months after they first met, they tied the knot in Terri’s hometown of Eugene, Oregon before she packed up her life to move to Australia with Steve. The couple welcomed their first daughter, Bindi Sue Irwin on July 24, 1998, naming her after Steve’s favorite crocodile at the zoo, Bindi, and a beloved family dog, named Sui. In December 2003 the couple welcomed their second child, son Robert Clarence named after Steve’s father.

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