Steve Irwin, or “The Crocodile Hunter” as he was commonly known throughout his professional career, was an Australian nature expert and television personality whose legendary passion for animals and nature was as infectious as it was compelling.
The conservationist and presenter tragically died in 2006 after being stabbed at by a stingray “hundreds of times”, the Telegraph reported.
But Irwin’s legacy lives on, quite literally, in the form of his 13-year-old son Robert, who appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night. It appears that the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree, as Robert acquainted Tonight Show host Fallon with several animals including a boa-constrictor, an African Dwarf Crocodile and two sloths.
Fallon seemed blown away by the 13-year-old’s passion and excitement during their interview together, and as Robert says, “My dad was actually on the tonight show quite a while ago, so it’s really nice to be able to follow in his footsteps” (referring to Steve Irwin’s appearance on the show when Jay Leno was the host).
In an Instagram post, Robert wrote about his experience on the show, describing Jimmy Fallon as “an amazingly kind person and a true Wildlife Warrior!”.
The 13-year-old’s energy was clearly infectious, as a beaming Jimmy Fallon effused: “It’s so cool to see you like this, you’re actually your dad!” This is pretty spot on – Robert has definitely inherited his father’s love of nature, as well as strikingly similar looks to The Crocodile Hunter.
In the clip from the Tonight Show, Robert Irwin introduces Jimmy “I’m a little afraid of animals” Fallon to several creatures, the first of which is an African Dwarf Crocodile. “My dad called them frogs with sharp teeth,” he states.
Robert Irwin works at the Australia Zoo along with his sister Bindi and their mother. “I love this, I love you, thank you for bringing all these fun animals” states Jimmy, at the conclusion of one of the more heartwarming television clips so far this year.