The heartbreaking cartoon shows the late Australian conservationist greeting kangaroos, koalas and other wildlife with open arms saying, 'Don't worry little guys! I'll take care of you!'
Photo credits: Sketchykoala
A heart-rendering cartoon that shows Steve Irwin welcoming animals killed in Australia's bushfires into heaven has gone viral, reported Daily Mail. Artist Sharnia-Mae Sturm shared these heartbreaking images on Instagram on New Year's Eve. The heartwrenching image shows the late Australian conservationist greeting kangaroos, koalas and other wildlife with open arms saying, 'Don't worry little guys! I'll take care of you!'
The image quickly went viral and was shared across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The artist from WA now lives in Atlanta, Georgia and said her account became flooded with a huge number of responses due to that post. On Sketchy Koala's Instagram account, the artist wrote, "So... it's sad to say that I've spent about 3 weeks or so on this and the subject is still relevant. This little tribute drawing goes to all the innocent animals caught in the blazes across my home country, it breaks my heart to see it's still going on but there's only so much that can be done to keep it from spreading. I hope all the animals who couldn't make it are now in heaven with Steve Irwin, being taken care of, and not having a care in the world or memory of how they got there. Rest In Peace fuzzy babies, we will miss you."
The sketch has gained more than 2.5million views and many people have said that it brought tears to their eyes. One user wrote, "Look at this. Just, look. Let that sink in. I don't have words, but I sure have tears. So poignant. I urge anyone wanting to help to donate."
Another woman shared it on Facebook saying, "An amazingly sad artwork reflecting on the bush fires across Australia. This one really hit home to think of all the animals that are now gone forever, now being taken of by Steve Irwin from above."
Irwin passed away in 2006 after being stabbed in the chest by a stingray barb while filming a documentary in shallow waters at the Great Barrier Reef. During the time of the incident, his son Robert was two while his daughter Bindi was eight.