'I wish he was here right now to give advice and strength during this time of devastation with the bushfires' Bindi said after the devastating fires in Australia killed over a billion animals.
The Irwins are working hard against all odds to rescue as many animals affected by the Australian bushfires as possible. The bushfires have been torching Australia for several months now and have claimed the lives of over a billion animals affecting some wildlife species that are exclusive to the continent. Over 90,000 animals have been brought in to Australia Zoo and have been treated there so far. And it's at times like this that Bindi Irwin wishes she could have her father by her side.
The eldest child of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin took to Instagram to remember the work her father did when he was alive. In the post, she said, "Dad spent his life working so hard to protect wildlife and wild places, especially in Australia. I wish he was here right now to give advice and strength during this time of devastation with the bushfires. I know that his spirit lives on through our conservation work and I hope together we can make him proud." Steve tragically died at the age of 44 in 2006 when a stingray pierced him through his chest. This was during the filming of a wildlife documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland states the Daily Mail. But even after 14 years of his death, his legacy lives on.
In an earlier Instagram post, she let people know the zoo was safe and was not in the path of the fires. She mentioned, "Our Wildlife Hospital is busier than ever though, having officially treated over 90,000 patients," and said, "With so many devastating fires within Australia, my heart breaks for the people and wildlife who have lost so much." Bindi also hoped their hard work at the hospital continued to honor her grandmother, to whom her parents had dedicated the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
In their rescue efforts, they have treated a wide range of wildlife species and have even managed to even rehabilitate many animals into their natural habitats. Bindi shared, "Over 600 bats were transported from caring facilities evacuated in New South Wales due to fire. Our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital has treated over 100 of these beautiful little souls," stating that they were given a second chance at life. The Irwins have even rescued a sea turtle from the fires, gave her treatment and released her back into the wild. She said, "It’s moments like this that remind me why we must carry hope in our hearts. Hope for balance and healing in our world, hope for a brighter tomorrow."