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Steve Irwin's Son Follows His Dad's Footsteps: Bob Irwin Handles Crocodile [PHOTO]

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on Sep 26, 2012 07:34 PM EDT
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  • Terri Irwin (C), wife of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, her children Bindi (L) and Bob attend a memorial service for Steve at Australia Zoo in Beerwah September 20, 2006. (Photo : Reuters)

Steve Irwin passed away six years ago, but the Crocodile Hunter's legacy is being carried on, and it's all staying in the family.

Irwin's 8-year-old son, Robert "Bob" Irwin, is following in his father's footsteps as a connoisseur of scaly reptiles most people would be terrified to stumble upon.

New photos show Bob Irwin handling a young crocodile, just like his dad, at the Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland. Even the young boy's mop of blonde hair looks like the Crocodile Hunter fans knew and loved.

CLICK HERE to check out a photo of Bob Irwin looking like a spitting image of his father as he handles a crocodile.

 This isn't the first sign Bob has shown of sharing his dad's love for reptiles. He appeared along with mother Terri and sister Bindi on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" when the TV legend headed to Austrailia for a series of episodes in her talk show's final season.

On the show, Bob showed off a snake he was handling and described it to Winfrey.

"He's called a Woma," Bob said. "Their Latin name is aspidites ramsayi."

The Irwin family runs the Australia Zoo, where the new photos of Bob and a croc were taken. Terri, Bindi and Bob actually live on the premises, which spans 1,500 acres.

"We literally live in the middle of the zoo," Bindi told Oprah. "It's fantastic. Every day's a new adventure." 

Bob Irwin was even making news when he was just a newborn. Steve Irwin caused controversy when a photo surfaced of the famous Australian holding his infant son in one arm while he fed a crocodile as it leaped from the water. CLICK HERE to see that infamous photo.

The Crocodile Hunter passed away in 2006. Irwin was filming a nature documentary at the time in the Great Barrier Reef, and as he snorkeled through the water, he was pierced in the chest by a stingray spine. The incident was caught on camera, but his wife Terri was given the master copy of the tape, which she reportedly destroyed.

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