Robert Irwin 'flustered' by hilarious X-rated exchange: 'Wasn't ready'

Robert was caught off guard by comedian Russell Howard's comment about koalas.

A throwback video of Robert Irwin has gone viral on social media this month showing the Wildlife Warrior reacting to a hilarious X-rated comment made by UK comedian Russell Howard.

The clip, which is taken from Russell’s 2021 comedy special Russell Howard Stands Up To The World, shows Robert talking about Australia Zoo’s koalas.

Robert Irwin laughing and looking flustered.
Robert Irwin was caught off guard by comedian Russell Howard’s comment about koalas. Photos: YouTube/russellhoward

He explained how the biggest threat to the beloved animal is the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia, which Russell quickly made a joke about.

“Luckily, I’m wearing a condom. Don’t worry about it,” he replied. “I bagged up before the shot, do you know what I mean?

“I thought it’s safer for you, it’s safer for the koala.”


Robert was clearly taken aback by the comment, holding back laughter as he crossed his arms and shook his head.

“I wasn’t ready for that,” he replied. “Um, well, that’s good.”

“I had to sellotape it on, do you know what I mean?” Russell continued.

“Yeah, alright. Moving on, I’m flustered now!” Robert admitted.

Robert Irwin and comedian Russell Howard holding a koala.
Robert Irwin was caught off guard by comedian Russell Howard’s comment about koalas. Photos: YouTube/russellhoward

'So cute and innocent'

The video, which has since racked up over 11 million views on TikTok, received plenty of comments from people commending Robert for holding his composure.

“Bless his wee innocent soul,” one person wrote, while another added, “Robert really kept that together for a teenager”.

“Don't do that to Robert. The poor boy is flustered now,” a third replied, followed by someone else who said, “Robert is so cute and innocent”.

“He is so damn wholesome,” a different user remarked.


The viral clip comes shortly after Robert revealed to his followers that his unique travel hobby is taking photos of himself in front of signs, engravings and plaques that feature his name.

During a recent visit to the US, Robert posed in front of a statue of Scottish poet Robert Burns in New York City’s Central Park and in front of a sign outside Roberts Field, also known as Redmond Municipal Airport, in Oregon.

“Roberts of the world,” he captioned the gallery.

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