Terri Irwin shares emotional unseen snap of late husband Steve

Robert Irwin celebrated his 16th birthday this weekend. Photo: Getty
Robert Irwin celebrated his 16th birthday this weekend. Photo: Getty

Robert Irwin’s proud family have paid emotional tributes to their now-16-year-old son and brother who celebrated his milestone birthday over the weekend.

The well wishes took place on social media as the famous clan also hosted a in-person celebrations for those visiting Australia Zoo on Sunday.

Mum Terri expressed her pride on Twitter, posting a never-before-seen snap of the teenager and his late father Steve—the Crocodile Hunter, who passed away 14 years ago.

“Your dad would be so proud of you. He has loved you since the moment you were born,” she wrote above a photo taken the day of Robert’s birth.

Robert’s birthday celebrations

Elsewhere, big sister Bindi wished her only sibling a happy birthday on Instagram, calling him ‘the cutest ducky [she’s] ever known’.

“Robert, one of the best parts of my life is getting to be your sister,” she wrote.

“Thank you for being such a wonderful light in my life. You’re amazing and I love you!”

Bindi’s husband-to-be Chandler Powell also penned a birthday tribute, months before the pair will officially become in-laws.

“Our adventures together are always so much fun,” he wrote. “Thanks for being such an awesome friend and brother!”

Has a lot to celebrate

And while Robert has a lot to celebrate over the past 12 months, one of his stand out achievements was recently graduating high school at the tender age of 15.

The late Crocodile Hunter’s only son made the announcement on Instagram, telling fans he’s ‘excited for what’s ahead’.

“Over a decade of study - in planes, trains and thousands of hotel rooms in all corners of the world, and today I’ve graduated from high school,” he wrote.

“Grade 12 and 2 TAFE certificates done!”

In an attached snap, the proud scholar is seen studying at his laptop alongside pet pug Stella while surprisingly not wearing his trademark khakis.

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