Bindi Irwin's Twitter tribute to her father, "The Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, nearly 10 years after he died, has gone viral on social media.
The Twitter post by Irwin, 18, was accompanied by a picture of her father holding her with one hand while she was an infant. The post had been shared 41,000 times and liked another 130,000 times on the social media site by Tuesday morning.
Irwin, who honored her father several times while competing on "Dancing With the Stars" in 2015, was 8 when he died Sept. 4, 2006. Steve Irwin died at 44 when he was attacked by an eight-foot stingray while filming a documentary along Australia's Great Barrier Reef, according to the New York Daily News.
Bindi Irwin and her professional dance partner Derek Hough beat out Nick Carter, of the Backstreet Boys, and his partner Sharna Burgess last year for the crown on season 21 of "Dancing With the Stars."
Steve Irwin's widow and Bindi's mother, Terri Irwin, also recognized the late conservationist and television star on Saturday, which was also Father's Day in Australia.
The BBC News reported last week that a letter from Steve Irwin to his parents revealed his gratitude to them. The letter was published by Steve Irwin's father, Bob Irwin, in his book "The Last Crocodile Hunter."
Bob and Lyn Irwin, both naturalists, raised their children on their reptile park on Australia's Sunshine Coast.
"Probably one of the most unfortunate things in a 'Bloke's Life' is that it takes over 30 years to realize how essential you have been to build my character, my ethics and, most importantly, my HAPPINESS," Steve Irwin wrote to his parents 12 years before his death, noted the BBC News.
"At 32, I am finally starting to figure it out. In good times and in bad, you were there. Your strength and endurance to raise me will not go unrewarded. My love for you is my strength," the letter continued.
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