Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell’s daughter Grace Warrior, 13 months, is fascinated by her late “Grandpa Crocodile” Steve Irwin.
“We’ve got so many documentaries of Dad, and we’re at all times taking part in them for Grace,” Bindi tells PEOPLE on this week’s cowl story. “It is so enjoyable to look at her examine him. I did not notice how a lot Dad’s ardour for all times and his animated facial expressions — I imply, they captivate her.”
After rising to worldwide fame on his wildlife documentary tv sequence The Crocodile Hunter, Steve was diving with stingrays for an underwater movie titled Ocean’s Deadliest when he died on Sept. 4, 2006, at age 44. Bindi was simply 8 years outdated.
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Now, the Crikey! It is the Irwins star, 23, and Powell, 25, are elevating child Grace on the Australia Zoo the place they dwell and work alongside Bindi’s mother, Terri, 57, and brother Robert, 18.
“I undoubtedly see elements of [Dad] in Grace,” says Bindi. “His willpower and his incapacity to sit down nonetheless. I believe that is actually particular. I am excited to see as she grows up how her character will develop. If Dad was round, actually, we’d by no means see her. He could be in love.”
She provides, “He’d simply have her doing all the pieces with him. We’d solely see her if she wanted a feed after which be gone once more.”
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Bindi provides that Steve is part of their on daily basis.
“It is so beautiful that with out him figuring out, he was creating essentially the most fantastic TV programming for our daughter,” she says. “She simply stares at him in full and utter fascination. She hangs on each phrase he says. Whether or not he is speaking a few croc or a spider, she thinks it is wonderful.”
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