Bindi Irwin Paid Loving Tribute To Her Dearly Departed Dad On His 57th Bday

Bindi Irwin, princess of Australian wildlife, has shared a heartwarming tribute to her father, Steve Irwin, the king of Australian wildlife, on what would have been his 57th birthday.

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The 20-year-old animal whisperer took to Instagram and Twitter to post an adorable throwback shot of her happy dad holding both his daughter and an equally squishable koala.

“Thank you for always being my guiding light,” she captioned the blessed vintage snap.

Two days prior, she shared a video of her papa and wrote the following passionate caption:

Dad always said that he wanted people to remember his message. He stood up for those who couldn’t speak for themselves. He would be devastated that the QLD government passed legislation to remove 5,000 crocodile eggs from the wild for the luxury leather trade. We are so proud of everyone who is standing with us to honour Dad’s mission. I believe in the government to REVOKE this legislation. You can sign the petition from anywhere in the world:

Bindi, who was just eight-years-old when her father sadly passed away, recently spoke about the Crocodile Hunter’s legacy in an interview with PEOPLE, expressing how she’s made it her mission to continue her dad’s work via Australia Zoo.

“Dad always said that he didn’t care if people remembered him, as long as they remembered his message,” she said. “Every day we work with the beautiful animals at Australia Zoo and do the best we can possibly can to ensure dad’s dreams and goals continue.”

Nothing but respect for OUR king and queen: