Steve Irwin's son shares heartwarming photo feeding the same crocodile as his dad 15 years ago

By Danielle Garrand

/ CBS News

Steve Irwin died nearly 13 years ago, but his love of wildlife still lives on in his fans — and his family. Robert, the son of the original crocodile hunter, posted identical side-by-sides image of he and his dad feeding the same crocodile 15 years apart.

The heartwarming images show 15-year-old Robert, dressed in his dad's signature khaki shorts, button-up and boots. Robert's even wearing a similar watch his dad was donning in the earlier image. Both Irwins are feeding the crocodile in front of a crowd in the uncanny snap.

"Dad and me feeding Murray… same place, same croc – two photos 15 years apart," wrote Robert in the caption to an Instagram post Wednesday.

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Dad and me feeding Murray… same place, same croc – two photos 15 years apart ❤️🐊

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"The Crocodile Hunter," Irwin's beloved show, aired on the Animal Planet beginning in the mid-nineties. Irwin's colorful personality, seeming fearlessness in wrestling dangerous animals and his "Australianisms" — like the expression "Crikey!" — made him a favorite.

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Steve Irwin died at age 44 in September 2006, while filming an underwater scene for a television series. A stingray's stinging barbs pierced his heart. His daughter, Bindi, was just 8 years old at the time, and his son, Robert, was 3 years old.

The family has carried on Irwin's conservation work in Australia, running a zoo, a wildlife preserve and supporting projects that try to save endangered animals worldwide. They also have appeared in an Animal Planet show titled, "Crikey! It's the Irwins" since 2018.

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