The video shows the man, known to the world as Crocodile Hunter, expressing sheer joy at his daughter's birth.
Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin turned 22 last Thursday and the family is having quite the celebration. On this occasion, Bindi made sure to share a special montage of her late father Steve, which showed him discussing the life-changing arrival of his first child, on Instagram.
"Birthday Love," Bindi began the Instagram post, which was dedicated to her parents, Steve and Terri Irwin. "22 years ago my parents decided to start a family. I will forever be grateful for their unconditional love and encouragement to follow my dreams. I chose the two most compassionate, dedicated, and loving people in the world to be my mum and dad. There are no words to describe the amount of love in my heart for them both. ❤️"
The video shows the late Crocodile Hunter star as he emotionally expresses the sheer joy that his daughter Bindi's arrival into the world has brought to him and Terri. Steve, who was killed by a stingray during a diving expedition off the coast of Australia in 2006, was seen in the montage of old recordings where the father and daughter were together. "The most incredible wildlife encounter of my life was the birth of my daughter Bindi," Steve says. "Here's this little baby girl. I swear she just fit right in here in the palms of my hands. It was a combination of adrenaline and just emotion."
Steve continued, "It was like a euphoric feeling. I was in total utopia. And I ran around the hospital. 'Look at this! Look at this!' And they're like, 'Yes, we've got our own.' 'Yeah, but you haven't got one like this one! Look at this little beauty! Look at this little beauty!' I'm showing everyone. The nurses, the other ladies that have just given birth. And they're like, 'Oh, crikey.'"
"I am the proudest father on the face of the earth. No doubt" concluded Steve, also a father to Robert, now 16.
Bindi never got to introduce her husband Chandler to her father, but they have been carrying on his legacy together each day at the Australia Zoo. Chandler and Bindi have been working together for years now and tied the knot this March. In order to celebrate his wife's special day, 23-year-old Chandler also dedicated a sweet tribute to her and thanked her for "for making the world a better and brighter place."
"For the first time ever as a married couple, happy birthday to my beautiful wife. This year has been nothing short of epic and you have handled everything thrown our way with courage and grace. You inspire me to be a better person every day with how much love you have to give. Thank you for making the world a better and brighter place. My best friend, my wife, my everything. I love you ❤️," he wrote alongside two Instagram photos of the newlyweds from their wedding day. Their wedding took place at the Australia Zoo on March 25. The couple had been planning a big celebration for their nuptials but it had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In another post on Instagram on Friday, Bindi thanked her followers for their birthday messages. "Hey guys, it's Bindi here. I don't really record a whole lot of selfie videos, but I really felt like it was important to send you some love and light to thank you for your incredible birthday messages, your kind words. Thank you for your support today and every day," she said. "It means the world to me and my family."
"I can't believe how this global pandemic has changed the world and my heart goes out to everybody whose been so terribly affected," said Bindi. "Now more than ever, we need to stand together as a society to spread a little more love and light and do what we can to make a positive difference in the world."
"Here at Australia Zoo, we're really busy. Our wildlife hospital is still rescuing and rehabilitating animals, and we'll continue to fight the good fight," she added. "But let's hope for a brighter future and work together to make a difference."