You probably know of Bindi Irwin from her most recent endeavor as the winning contestant on the 2015 season of Dancing with the Stars.
However, at the tender age of 18, she’s already been through so much more than that.
Born on July 24, 1998, to Terri and Steve Irwin, Bindi has been a caring, loving soul since the very beginning. Her father Steve was the one and only Crocodile Hunter from Australia. Bindi first appeared on her dad’s show at the young age of 2. Steve always taught Bindi to treat animals the same way that she herself would want to be treated, as well as to always do everything in her power to help them and raise awareness about them.
Then, in September of 2006, the unthinkable happened: Steve passed away after a tragic accident involving a freak attack from a usually docile stingray. He was only 44 years old and had so much left to offer the world and his family.
With a tragedy so heavy, it’s a miracle that Bindi has turned out to be such a successful, kind, mature, compassionate, and talented young woman. She still has her mother and brother to help get through the hard times. These days, she’s working on her own career helping animals, as well as carving her own place in the entertainment industry.
These 10 Bindi Irwin facts you didn’t know will give you a greater insight into her life.
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