Following in his father’s footsteps, Robert Irwin, son of the legendary “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, has made his first public appearance feeding a crocodile at the Australia Zoo.
Robert, 8, appeared in front of crowds at the Zoo’s “Crocoseum” in Beerwah, Queensland. The young boy seemed entirely comfortable around the crocodiles, which were babies and not the full-size monsters that his father routinely appeared alongside.
However, despite the danger of the creatures, Robert appeared entirely fearless, feeding them, dancing around them, and even picking one up. A zoo staff member was right next to Robert on the off-chance that anything went wrong.
"It's awesome because every single croc we feed is different," Robert told Australian news outlet Sunshine Coast Daily. "It's really fun and exciting."
His mother Terri seems just as excited as her son about his love for wildlife.
"Robert's finally worn me down, so he gets to feed something in the show for the first time as well," she told Sunshine Coast Daily.
Robert seems to have spent his entire life around crocodiles. A famous photo of Steve Irwin shows the TV personality and naturalist feeding a crocodile with one hand while holding Robert, then an infant, in his other.
Steve Irwin was killed in 2006. He was stung by a stingray during filming for a special set in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Irwin was survived by his wife Terri and children Binid and Robert.
The Irwin family lives at and operates the 1,500-acre Australia Zoo, which houses a wide variety of wildlife from Australia and the world at large.
See more pictures of Robert feeding crocodiles at The Daily Mail.
Eric Brown is an IBTimes political reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.