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Steve Irwin's Son Robert is a Croc Handler Like his Dad

By Dexter Keyton, EnStars
on Sep 27, 2012 03:38 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)

The legacy of Steve Irwin, the famous Crocodile Hunter, lives on as his son carries on his father's work.

Robert "Bob" Irwin, 8, is becoming quite the young little crocodile hunter as he's been handling the snappy reptiles.

Bob Irwin looks strikingly like his father sporting the same blonde hairdo in new photos which also show the young boy handling small crocodiles at the Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland.

The photos only reinforce Bob Irwin's love of reptiles, but it's not the first time the public got to see him in action. During a taping of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in Australia for the series final season, young Bob was a guest along with his sister Bindi and mother Terri Irwin.

Oprah Winfrey was treated to another guest: Bob's snake.

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

The young crocodile hunter has big shoes to fill, but he's already got a good head start. The Irwin family resides at the 1,500 acre Australia Zoo which they also run.

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

This isn't the first time Bob Irwin has had photographic fame with reptiles. An incident occurred when Bob was just a newborn and father Steve ignited a controversy when he was holding his baby son while feeding a crocodile. The picture taken shows the hungry crocodile leaping toward Irwin and child.

Steven Irwin passed away six years ago this month while filming for a nature documentary. While snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef he was pierced in the chest by a stingray spine. The whole incident was videotaped and control of the footage was given to his wife Terri who allegedly destroyed the copy.

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