Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell‘s 13-month-old daughter Grace Warrior is quite taken by her late “Grandpa Crocodile” Steve Irwin.
“We have so many documentaries of Dad, and we’re always playing them for Grace,” Bindi told People in a recent interview. “It’s so fun to watch her study him. I didn’t realize how much Dad’s passion for life and his animated facial expressions — I mean, they captivate her.”
Bindi Irwin Says Her 13-Month-Old Grace Adores Watching Videos of Her Late Grandfather Steve Irwin
Steve was known for his wildlife documentary television series The Crocodile Hunter. While the father of two was diving with stingrays for an underwater film titled Ocean’s Deadliest, he died on September 4, 2006, at age 44. Bindi was just eight years old.
Now, Bindi, 23, and Powell, 25, are raising their 1-year-old daughter Grace at the Australia Zoo where they live and work alongside Bindi’s mom, Terri, 57, and brother Robert, 18.
“I definitely see parts of [Dad] in Grace,” says Bindi. “His determination and his inability to sit still. I think that’s really special. I’m excited to see as she grows up how her personality will develop. If Dad was around, honestly, we would never see her. He would be in love.”
She adds, “He’d just have her doing everything with him. We would only see her if she needed a feed and then be gone again.”
“It’s so lovely that without him knowing, he was creating the most wonderful TV programming for our daughter,” she says. “She just stares at him in complete and utter fascination. She hangs on every word he says. Whether he’s talking about a croc or a spider, she thinks it’s amazing.”
Early this year, Grace made her television debut on season 4 premiere of “Crikey! It’s the Irwins,” which aired on New Year’s Day on the Animal Planet and Discovery+.
“Motherhood has been the greatest adventure of my entire life,” Irwin can be heard saying in a voiceover while she is seen kissing Grace, who was just three months old at the time, during a walk through the family’s wildlife conservation site. “What do you think of the world?” Bindi Irwin asks her daughter, who was born on March 25, 2021.
“She’s so cute because she smiles with her whole body,” Bindi says proudly of her baby girl. “I love that every day brings a new happy moment, a new challenge,” she adds.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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