Steve Irwin’s daughter, Bindi Irwin, is growing up fast, and the 16-year-old is already SeaWorld’s Youth Ambassador. During a recent interview, she revealed that working with crocodiles like her famous father is not what scares her.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, animal rights group PETA claims Bindi Irwin is a Sea World sellout due to the Blackfish documentary. Bindi also created some controversy when she urged teenage girls to dress their age by covering up instead of showing skin.
Everyone knows the crocodile hunter was known for being fearless. He would dive in after poisonous snakes and tackle crocodiles like they were kittens. Steve Irwin had the training to make this look easy on camera, and already his daughter is earning a reputation for being fearless, as well. When Bindi Irwin was asked what has given her the “biggest adrenaline rush” in her life, she gave an answer that might surprise you.
“Well, working with crocodiles is always amazing because they’re beautiful. They’re modern day dinosaurs, which is really cool. But actually, I have this random fear, and it’s of bees and wasps. Bees and wasps actually scare me just a little bit. I’d rather have a snake or a crocodile, yes…. I appreciate them and I love them, but I have a slight fear.”
As you can see, Bindi isn’t even afraid of hanging out with tigers.
The 16-year-old is a senior in high school and she’s already talking about college. Part of being 16 is earning a learner’s permit, and that’s another way she’s following in her father’s footsteps.
“I’m driving my dad’s old ute. So it’s a manual ute. It’s massive, so when people see me coming, they jut kind of run away! Cause I’m in this giant ute! I guess you call them pick-up trucks here in the States. Yea, we call them utes in Australia. But, it works and it’s kind of carrying that on and following in dad’s footsteps. So it’s really important.”
Like her father, Bindi also focuses on conservation, and as a teenager she has been encouraging children to find ways they can conserve.
“Often when we hear the word conservation, we think about little woodland creatures. But ultimately, conservation is about us. People. And we can all do small things to help the world, whether it’s as a kid having a backyard clean-up or a clean-up-the-beach day with your friends, or even if you turn off the lights when you leave the room. These small things can make huge changes.”
Bindi Irwin is currently working with Jack Hanna on her Generation Nature Live! event at Sea World’s “Wild Days,” a special series that wraps up February 7th and 8th. According to News 13, Steve Irwin’s daughter says her goal in life is to “empower other people and change their world just a little bit.”