25 September 2012
By LAUREN GROUNSELL
LIKE father, like son.
Robert Irwin’s dad, Steve, used to wrestle crocodiles.
And yesterday, the eight-year-old became involved at Australia Zoo, picking up an alligator at the tourist attraction’s Crocoseum in front of hundreds of visitors.
MANHANDLING a snappy, writhing alligator Robert Irwin is the spitting image of his father.
The pint-sized dynamo has followed in the footsteps of his late dad Steve Irwin to take on a new, toothy challenge.
For the first time yesterday Robert fed a baby alligator in the Crocoseum at Australia Zoo in front of an enthralled crowd.
"Robert’s finally worn me down," proud mum Terri said.
Eight-year-old Robert couldn’t be happier.
"It’s awesome because every single croc we feed is different," he said.
"It’s really fun and exciting."
In reality Robert’s quite safe. The Australia Zoo website says American alligators are generally a very docile species, especially in captivity. And as for those snappy teeth, they are all show and no bite as alligators have surprisingly blunt teeth designed to puncture rather than chew.
As well as his new alligator duties, Robert helps feed the crocs with Terri and his sister Bindi in the croc feeding show.
With his unquenchable thirst for adventure, fearless attitude and mischievous grin, it really is a case of like father, like son.