Robert Irwin is "Mr. Independence"

09/17/2008 at 03:30 PM ET

Older sister Bindi Irwin better watch out, her younger brother is an up-and-coming star! Robert ‘Bob’ Irwin, 4, the son of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, is already claiming to be "Mr. Independence" and wants his own television show. Determined to follow in his father’s footsteps, mom Terri says that he is already a natural in front of the camera. Terri adds,

"He’s a little Steve clone."

With a cheeky grin and thick blond hair, Robert, as he is now known, is already wrestling crocodiles, cradling reptiles and filming television segments.Refusing to live in his sister’s shadow, Robert wants his own television show, even filming a segment for a 60 Minutes special about owls.

Even though her children are in the spotlight, Terri insists they live a normal childhood, including watching TVs. The kids put in a DVD of one of their father’s shows each morning, Terri explains, adding that "it’s nice to have Steve’s voice in the background" while they sit together and eat breakfast.

Source: and 60 Minutes

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Christine on


Christine on

How blessed the Irwin family is to have the numberous videos of Steve Irwin to play. At first I thought it was odd, but after I moment I realized how lucky Bindi and Robert are to have reams of film of their father so they will always be able to see him “with breakfast.”

stephanie on

Did they change his name? I thought Robert was just what his mum calls him.

SJ on

No, no, no, no, no!

This has gone too far. It’s one thing to exploit one child, who we’ve all heard is “independent” and has her own mind but these are children!

When does Bindi have her friends over? Why is she out on display with her own show when she is just 10 year old and now little Bob Irwin is being groomed to be a Steve Clone.

I think Teri has some serious issues. It isn’t healthy to watch DVD’s every morning. That is a sign that she isn’t moving on. I used to admire Terri, but now I just see her as a pushy parent, relying on her children to bring in the same income Steve did.

Sorry, but that is my opinion.

Lauren on

I don’t think they changed his name – I think that, since Terri has had her falling out with Bob Irwin, she’s taken to calling her son ‘Robert’ instead of ‘Bob.’

Autumn on

Aw that’s cool that Terri and her children are getting along so well, and I can well imagine little Robert is much like his late father Steve.

I know Terri’s said that she’d probably never remarry, however recently I heard about this British man named Benjamin Mee who bought a zoo with his wife & two kids back in 2006. Sadly though Ben’s wife’s cancer also returned that year, and she died 2 or 3 months after they’d purchased the zoo. Since Benjamin Mee is a widower (I don’t know if he’s remarried) and is trying to run a zoo, I thugh he’d be the perfect guy for Terri Irwin…though geography might be a bit of a problem…;)