Courtney Allan

“You’re always my guiding light”: Bindi Irwin's touching birthday tribute to her father

Bindi Irwin was only eight years old when her father, Steve Irwin, was fatally pierced in the chest by a stingray barb in 2006.

She’s now 20 years old and posted a tribute to her late father on what would have been his 57th birthday – February 22.

The caption sweetly reads, “Thank you for always being my guiding light.”

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Thank you for always being my guiding light. ❤️

A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin) on Feb 21, 2019 at 11:00am PST

Google also marked the occasion with a very sweet cartoon depicting Steve’s life.

The gallery features many cherished moments, including sketches of him holding Bindi in his arms as well as showing that his family is carrying on his legacy with conservation.

Terri Irwin wrote a guest post for Google to go with the Google Doodle, saying that when they first met at a roadside park in 1991, she “just had to speak to him”.

She later added that this was “a decision that would change my life forever”.

Terri also explained the crossroads she and their two children, Bindi and Robert, were at when Steve passed.

“Our lives changed forever when Steve had an accident while filming in the Great Barrier Reef.

“Losing Steve was a real crossroads for us, but together we decided to continue his mission. Bindi, Robert and I have dedicated our lives to the wildlife conservation work that Steve began.” Terri said.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the sweet Google Doodle gallery in honour of Steve Irwin. 

Do you remember the day Steve Irwin tragically died? Tell us in the comments below.