We all know Robert Irwin as the late Steve Irwin’s son.
And fans of the Irwin family from around the world have enjoyed watching Robert follow in his father’s footsteps by working relentlessly at the family’s Australia Zoo with his mother, Terri, and sister Bindi over the previous decade.
So his recent near-miss has fans shocked at his behaviour…
The son of Australian zookeeper Steve Irwin posted a trailer for his family’s programme, It’s The Irwins, on Instagram, which made many viewers uncomfortable.
The 18-year-old can be seen in the Animal Planet clip feeding a crocodile named Casper in its pen. However, the creature continually attempts to hit him, prompting Irwin to ‘bail’.
See how Steve Irwin’s children are following in his footsteps…
The internet has cancelled Steve Irwin’s son, Robert, following the release of a new clip that has been described as “very distressing.”
One viewer commented after watching the video, “Just like his dad teasing and bothering animals for enjoyment!”
“Aren’t you just provoking these creatures into an entertainment-driven reaction?” another said. “Your conservation effort is fantastic, but the croc display is a sham.”
“With all this cancel culture going around, let’s cancel this rubbish,” suggested a third. Provide sanctuary and safety for the animals. “Get them out of zoos; what kind of life is that?”
Others, on the other hand, claimed to be fans of the show and applauded Irwin for his efforts.
“I watched numerous episodes yesterday,” one person stated. I enjoy the show. “You have all done your father proud.” While you’re your person, you remind me so much of him that I can’t get over it.”
“Robert is passionate about animals because his father was here on God’s magnificent Earth!” exclaimed another.
“We prioritise natural behaviour with our crocs,” Irwin said in the caption of the contentious post. They get to use their predatory tendencies by getting into their enclosures with them and letting them put on those massive strikes from the water’s edge, and they love it!
“But safety for us is also vital and you absolutely have to know when to call it. And with a croc as powerful and swift as Casper, we had no choice but to flee!”
“It’s an adrenaline rush for me, it’s an exciting thing to do – but I feel closest to my dad when I’m in there working with the creatures he loved.”
“So many of our crocodiles are the originals, the ones we’ve worked with since day one,” Robert continued. It is an honour for me to carry on that legacy.” Yes, they’re dangerous, but they’re also incredible creatures who deserve our respect.”
What are your thoughts?