Bindi Irwin Posts Love-Filled Tribute to Her Dad As She Reaches a Huge Milestone

Bindi Irwin just celebrated her 18th birthday.

The teen, who was just eight years old when her father, “The Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin passed away, is growing up following in his conservationist footsteps.

She posts regularly about her passion for wildlife for her 1.2 million followers on Instagram. Here, photographed a few months shy of 18 years old, Bindi also writes about continuing her work into adulthood.

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In celebration of her birthday, Irwin took to Instagram to reflect on the last 18 years of life. She writes about how many things have changed since her birth in 1998: From gaining a little brother, to the global success of her family’s conservation efforts and the growth of their Australia Zoo, to the passing of her father.

She honored her father with a picture of him holding her as an infant and calling him:

“Mum’s soulmate and a superhero for us all.”

Steve Irwin passed away in 2006, leaving behind wife Terri Irwin, daughter Bindi, and son Robert.

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Hello lovelies. Well today marks 18 years of life for me, here in Australia and I really don't know where to begin in thanking so many people for an unforgettable journey so far. So I think that I'll start here, with this photograph. This photo was taken within the first year of my life. To be perfectly honest life has changed in a million ways since this photograph was taken. Along the way we gained another incredible part of our family, my brother Robert. Our conservation work with Wildlife Warriors took off around the world. Our home, Australia Zoo continued to expand and has become the greatest zoological facility on planet earth. Our Dad, Mum's soulmate and a superhero for us all, passed away. However, since this photo was taken, 18 years ago, one life ingredient has remained, unchanged, unbreakable. That is the unconditional love that is shared between my beautiful little family and the loyalty we have to eachother and everyone else who has taken this journey with us. I don't think that when this photo was taken even my beautiful parents could have known what life would evolve. I know that I am endlessly grateful for the love and light I have been given since Day 1 of my life.

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Irwin’s post reads:

“Hello lovelies. Well today marks 18 years of life for me here in Australia, and I really don’t know where to begin in thanking so many people for an unforgettable journey so far. So I think that I’ll start here, with this photograph. This photo was taken within the first year of my life. To be perfectly honest life has changed in a million ways since this photograph was taken.

Along the way we gained another incredible part of our family, my brother Robert. Our conservation work with Wildlife Warriors took off around the world. Our home, Australia Zoo, continued to expand and has become the greatest zoological facility on planet earth. Our Dad, Mum’s soulmate and a superhero for us all, passed away.

However, since this photo was taken, 18 years ago, one life ingredient has remained, unchanged, unbreakable. That is the unconditional love that is shared between my beautiful little family and the loyalty we have to each other and everyone else who has taken this journey with us. I don’t think that when this photo was taken even my beautiful parents could have known what life would evolve. I know that I am endlessly grateful for the love and light I have been given since Day 1 of my life.”

The teenager then continued her sentiments with a second photo by making a promise to herself and to her followers.

She writes:

“Being 18 and embarking upon my adult years, I can’t predict what life will have in store for me. All I know is that I will try my very best to make a difference in this world with each moment that I’m given.

Life is constantly evolving and I’m determined to find the light and love around every corner and share this with everyone who is a part of my story.”

Just like her father.